Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia confirmed that the Akufo-Addo government is 80% done with the installation of the free wifi in Senior High Schools to enable the studetns to have access to internet connect which will enhace thier study. This project is part of an effort to enhance ICT, research and knowledge acquisition in these institutions across the country.
Dr Mahamudu Bawumia in an interaction with the Accra-based Asempa 94.7 FM’s Ekosiisen show with host Philip Osei Bonsu on Wednesday noted the initiative is being completed sooner than he expected.
The project is targeted to be completed in next year (2021) and not as immediately.
The Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu Ekufful at the New Patriotic Party’s 2023 manifesto launch revealed the government in October this year launch the free wifi project in Senior High Schools across the country.
According to her, 80% of the of Senior High Schools across the country have received the free wifi adding that 260 District Education Offices and 46 Colleges of Education in the country are also beneficiaries of the system.
“We promised to provide free wifi to our secondary schools and thankfully, the Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh and the Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful have worked tirelessly on that”.
Dr Bawumia expressing gratitude to the Ministers said: “I really salute them for this. At least 80% of all our Senior High Schools have now been connected to free Wifi, that is the data we have”.
“That is a major step for us to allow digitisation to drive our educational process,” Bawumia told host, Philip Osei Bonsu.
The communication officer Speaking at the 10th edition of the National Girls in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) day celebration held at the Oti Region Monday, the Communications Minister announced that “As the pandemic broke out, we have seen that the most important aspect of our lives is in ICT.
The challenge, however, is the existence of some huge skills gap which we have to check and work on as soon as possible.
Benefits that will be achieved
1. Easier Collaboration
Using Wi-Fi at school, students can quickly and easily share documents, edit presentations in real-time, store project files in the cloud, and improve their teamwork skills. Wi-Fi in education even allows students to collaborate with peers from other schools. Employers value teamwork, and students who leverage technology to develop this skill will have more opportunities to succeed in the professional world.
2. Learning Beyond the Classroom Walls
While there is no doubt regarding the importance of Wi-Fi in schools, benefits for students extend well beyond the classroom walls. From extracurricular activities to study abroad programs to exploring hobbies on their own, devices such as tablets and smartphones can connect students to a wealth of text, audio, and video content not found in textbooks.
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