Government to begin smart Tablets distribution soon

Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the minister of education, has declared that the government will start giving senior high school students smart tablets in the upcoming weeks. The distribution will start at the Opoku Ware School in the Ashanti Region, according to the Minister of Education. 

With the recent introduction of the Smart School Project, President Akufo-Addo declared that 1.3 million Smart Tablets will be given to pupils in all of the nation’s schools. The project’s goal is to provide students covered by the Free SHS programme with resources that will enable them to learn and teach using technology.

During a visit to Opoku Ware School, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister of Education, declared that the tablets will be given out to the school in the upcoming weeks.

He, however, assured that measures are being adopted to ensure the initiative is effectively implemented.

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“Within the next two weeks, we will improve internet connectivity at your school. We are also looking at solar panels on your classroom buildings so that connectivity will not be interrupted because you don’t have electricity. The smart box will be in at least 10 classrooms, that will, be phase 1. Eventually, when you become a smart school fully, the smart box will be in all classrooms.

“We will begin with phase 1, not everything may be online, but with time, your homework, all class activities, lessons, everything will be online, you will be able to take assessment. And with the help of AI, you will get the results instantly. I want you to use the device in a way that will be productive.”

With the introduction of smart tablets, several Opoku Ware School students have already created applications that can be utilised to improve learning. The president of the Conference of Assisted Secondary Schools and headteacher of Opoku Ware School, Reverend Stephen Owusu Sekyere, requested the creation of a policy guideline to facilitate the project’s execution.

“Even though we’re afraid of what this tablet could bring to the school, especially some of the negative side of it. Like attracting thieves and students stealing from each other, and the kind of trouble they are going to give us when we give the tablets to them

“With education and proper monitoring, we will be able to give them to use. We want them to expedite the policy guidelines so that the students can use them on a pilot basis.”

The minister then went to the Presbyterian Girls and told the girls not to let their current circumstances dictate their goals for the future. He revealed that the school had started a science programme and that a fence had been built to increase student protection. The Minister declared that in order to strengthen Ghana’s education system, the government will implement more technical projects.

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