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Regional News of Sunday, 5 January 2014

Source: GNA

DCE calls for integration of ICT in educational drive

Akatsi-North District Chief Executive (DCE) says Ghana’s envisaged socio-economic growth agenda would continue to lag behind if the nation failed to place ICT, technical and vocational skills in its education and skills development programmes.

“The main challenges facing our nation today can be linked to our inability to practicalize ICT and bond it with technical and vocational skills training and development,” Mr James Gunu stressed,

Mr Gunu was delivering a talk on: “The role of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in educational development” at this year’s Development Festival of the people of Wlitey in the Akatsi-South District of the Volta Region.

He said blending ICT with the educational system, which must also be of “quality, accessible and affordable”, is the stimulant the country needs to advance.

Mr Gunu said: “Technology helps eliminate human factor and bureaucracy, reduces corruption, strengthens human security and removes hunger and poverty.

“It helps accelerate development growth, brings education to global standards, builds trust in the governance system, enhances job creation and makes life easy and living simple”.

Mr Bernard Ahiafor, Akatsi-South Member of Parliament appealed to the community to urgently end the sour relationship between them and teachers.

He said despite the infrastructure, logistics and teachers provided to schools by government, output would remain low if stakeholder cooperation is low.

Mr Ahiafor, asked the chiefs to iron out their litigations over a piece of land to pave way for the proposed Wlitey police post.

He promised five computers for a proposed computer laboratory for the community basic school.