ZICTA to monitor internet at schools
INTERNETBy BiztechAfrica - Sept. 17, 2012, 12:16 p.m.
By Edith Mwale, Lusaka, Zambia
The Zambian Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) has pledged continued commitment to the provision of ICTs in all learning institutions in the country to ensure enhanced access to information.
ZICTA director general Margaret Mudenda said the institution has embarked on a massive programme to promote ICTs in schools across the country in order to enhance access to information.
Mudenda however, said ZICTA will at the same time continue to monitor the use of internet services in the country, especially among schoolchildren.
And the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Service Amos Malupenga called on ZICTA to regulate and prevent the misuse of internet services among pupils, to ensure that they concentrate on school instead of abusing the internet.
“We are facing challenges in the advancement of the information and communication technologies (ICTs) in Zambia,” Malupenga said.
Mobile internet is said to be disturbing children’s concentration in school as they spend most of the time charting on the phone and exchange love messages on social networks resulting in poor performance.
Last month, a regional economic group, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa), demanded regulated access to the internet for pupils in the region to protect their morals.
Comesa said it is concerned about the abuse of internet service by schoolchildren in the region, which has the potential to corrupt morals.
MORE INTERNET NEWS
Cheki.com Ghana shows auto dealers the benefits of the webOnline specialists Cheki.com.gh have hosted a special session for auto traders to motivate them to promote their cars online. Read More
MTN Cameroon transfers WACS landing station to stateMTN Cameroon has transferred ownership of the WACS submarine fibre optic cable landing station at Limbe to the State of Cameroon. Read More
DEG launches Easy School Find in GhanaDigital Education Group (DEG), an academic consulting firm specialising in classroom technology, has launched a new search engine for schools called “Easy School Find”. Read More
Kenya Defence Forces Twitter account hackedThe Twitter account of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) has been infiltrated by hacking group dubbed #Anonymous. Read More
Malawi to run 1st online recruitment siteMalawi has launched an online recruitment site, ‘Myjobo.com’, providing free job ads and job searching. Read More
SEACOM plans continent-wide initiatives for its Foundation DayOn 23 July 2014, Pan-African telecom enabler SEACOM will celebrate the fifth anniversary of its commercial launch, by donating time and providing support to communities that need assistance across the countries where it does business. Read More
NAPAfrica celebrates new peak at 15GbpsNAPAfrica, describing itself as Africa’s most successful neutral peering exchange, has reached a record-breaking peak of 15Gbps. Read More
BICS POP in SA to increase reach into AfricaBICS, global provider of international connectivity and interoperability services, has established a point-of-presence (POP) in Johannesburg to offer its operator customers assured quality of interconnect for traffic exchange in Africa. Read More
Liquid Telecom connects Siaya County with $2 million internet cable projectLiquid Telecom Kenya (LTK) Africa’s leading data, voice and IP provider, is installing a $2 million fiber optic network in Siaya County. Read More
Education industry still a victim of inferior Wi-FiThe education and academic sectors are still wasting money on inferior Wi-Fi solutions that simply don’t meet the needs of students, says UC-Wireless. Read More
FEATURED STORYWidening ICT skills gap: Cause for concern
Nigeria's FDI gains could be eroded by the widening gap in indigenous skilled ICT manpower, writes Kokumo Goodie.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHKenya rolls out e-extension to improve agriculture
In a bid to curb the overwhelmed number of agricultural extension officers in Kenya, the ministry of agriculture is embracing technology with their introduction of E-Extension services, which are aimed at reaching out to over 7 million farmers annually.