Ghana Gov. to replace All Textbooks with Laptops in SHS this year
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The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, who announced this, said textbooks and other teaching and learning materials would be installed on the laptops to be used during lessons.
He noted that it is aimed at preparing the students to fit into the global village.
“If this country must move forward in the right direction, we must invest in education which is the only platform for preparing nation builders for tomorrow.
“The Minister for Education has also assured me that this year, we’ll start the replacement textbooks with laptops that have textbooks embedded in Senior high Schools,” he said on Saturday.
This new initiative comes after the government launched the One-teacher One-laptop project on Friday, September 3, 2021.
The programme was meant to give Senior High School teachers modern materials to facilitate teaching and learning and as of December 11, 2021, Ghana Education Service reported that 80% of laptops meant for teachers had been distributed.
Some seem not too happy with the Announcement because there are teachers who are still looking for their laptops.
Students have been promised tablets earlier but nothing is seen yet 1 student, 1 tablet – Bawumia promises senior high schools this year
Kofi Asare of Eduwatch Writes
HE Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s justification for procuring tablets for all SHS before December 2023 is based on digitized textbooks which is cool-Textbook Tablets. They are cheaper than the paper ones.
Presently, according to the Ministry, SHS already have adequate paper textbooks-an achievement.
New SHS Curriculum
A new SHS curriculum is being finalized for implementation in the 2024/25 academic year.
It is expected that after cabinet approval later this year, the development of textbooks content may start by last quarter of 2023 or early 2024.
Lessons from the new primary school curriculum’s textbook content development process suggests, the earliest SHS textbooks content would be available after NaCCA’s review and approval processes should be late 2024 or early 2025.
So, which textbooks content will be installed on the tablets we are procuring this year? The already existing adequate SHS paper textbooks in the outgoing curriculum?
Struggling Primary and JHS Curricula implementation
Respectfully, we are in years four and two of implementing new primary and JHS curricula. While primary schools are struggling to get all textbooks due to lack of funds to procure NaCCA approved textbooks, i am not aware of any NaCCA approved JHS textbooks yet…
Why won’t we at least ensure primary and JHS have the full compliment of textbooks in 2023 and 2024 before embarking on this Textbooks Tablets expedition?
Why not wait till 2025 when SHS textbooks content would have been carefully and diligently developed, reviewed and approved by NaCCA, then we procure the Textbook Tablets instead of paper textbooks?
Why are we in a rush to procure what is not even budgeted? I see a heavy commercial loan hitting our books very soon.
Without delving into user and maintenance frameworks for the 1.3 million tablets, the timing of this decision may only make political and procurement sense. It has nothing to do with education. Kofi Asare.