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29.01.2013 Business & Finance

Gov't Secures €13.7m

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A project to digitize academic syllabus of basic and second cycle schools in the country is expected to take off soon.

Out-going Minister for Education, Lee Ocran, who announced this at Cape Coast, said an amount of 13.7 million Euros had been secured by government to execute the project.

The project forms part of ongoing interventions by government to ensure the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in teaching and learning in schools.

Mr Ocran was speaking at a ceremony to handover 8,928 rLG-branded laptops to basic schools in the Central region, the ninth region to benefit from the project which began last year.

372 basic schools in the region will be given a set of 24 laptops each, a trolley and other accessories to use for the teaching and learning of ICT, research and teaching in general.

Mr Ocran said since the commencement of the project, 40,000 laptops had been distributed to basic schools in all regions with the exception of Ashanti Region which is due to receive its in the next few weeks.

The initiative is intended to supply a total of 60,000 laptops to basic schools under the Basic School Computerization Project being implemented by the Ministry of education with funding from the Ghana Education Trust Fund while an ICT Device assembling firm, rLG Communications undertakes the supplies.

The minister said the next phase of the project will focus on teachers to ensure that 50,000 teachers get laptops to aid research and teaching methodologies.

'Eventually we want to replace the use of chalk and blackboards with computers and projectors in teaching and learning,' he intimated.

Outgoing Central Regional Minister, Ama Benyiwa-Doe, in a comment, said that by conceiving and successfully implementing the project, government had amply demonstrated its avowed commitment towards quality education.

Corporate Affairs Manager of rLG Communications, Emmanuel Arthur, encouraged the efficient use of the equipment by facilitators and pupils.

In attendance were District and Metropolitan Directors of Education in the region, as well as outgoing Regional Director of Education, Kofi Safo Kantanka.

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