Ghana ICT for education plan on track

The Ghana government has provided 459 schools and institutions with fully furnished and equipped ICT laboratories and Internet access.

This is according to the Minister for Communications, Dr Edward Omane Boamah, says so far, 38 colleges of education, 37 national vocational training institutes, 26 technical institutes, 10 youth leadership training centres and 249 senior secondary schools have benefited from the government’s schools connectivity project.

Other beneficiaries are 25 junior high schools, 49 nursing colleges and 25 community development vocational institutes.

The Minister added that in fulfillment of ITU commitments and those of the government to provide employment to persons with disabilities, the Akropong and Wa schools for the Blind have been selected as sites for the pilot phase of the disability connectivity project.

Also, he said Community Information Centers (CICs) had been built as access points for ICT in the under-served areas, adding that currently 93 CICs were fully furnished and equipped to provide community Internet access and an avenue for low cost ICT training.

According to the minister, the cost of bandwidth in Ghana had witnessed substantial reduction over the years from $10,000 per month of two megabits to $1,200 today of the same two megabits.

 

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