Covid-19 and reopening of schools: Adopt technology-Gov’t urged

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A National Communications Team Member for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Kwadwo Dankwa has advised government to adopt technology in the education system in order to protect children from contracting the coronavirus disease.

He was of the belief that adopting technology will also promote teaching and learning while the students and teachers are at home.

Speaking on Atinka TV’s morning show, Ghana Nie, hosted by Ekourba Gyasi Simpremu, Mr Dankwa said Covid-19 has come to stay and that we should adopt a way to live with it without harming us.

“It has become necessary that we adopt technology. The University of Ghana (UG) is using online for teaching and learning and students do not have to be present in school all the time. Where we have gotten to as a developing country, we also have to learn from the Western World which has adopted technology in their education system. If the virus will spread in the schools then we should adopt new ways of doing things by using technology,” he said.

Mr Dankwa stated that when schools were closed from March 2020 until recently, many schools, especially the private one were using technology to facilitate online teaching and learning.

However, he noted that some of the challenges with the online studies have to do with funds, admitting that some parents cannot afford phones and credits and in some cases inter-connectivity.

He said government has to support such people who cannot afford equipment for the online studies, ie providing laptops, tablets or any other important materials to such people.

“We should do it in such a way that everyone can afford,” he said.

Mr Dankwa also admitted that some schools in the rural areas do not even have access to light and therefore cannot take part in the online studies, however, he added that majority of them will be covered if government intervenes.

For his part, a member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Asafo Agyei also said fighting Covid is a shared responsibility and called on all to support with the fight.

“If someone is waiting for government to do everything then he or she does not understand what is really happening. If we can all encourage others to adhere to the protocols, it will help,” he said.

Ghana|| Porcia Oforiwaa Ofori