TZ to introduce ICT in public primary schools

 

Prof. Sifuni Mchome Permanent, Secretary in Ministry of Education and Vocational Training cutting the ribbon to officiate the launch of ICT in public primary schools, in Dar es Salaam Monday as officials look on.

Prof. Sifuni Mchome Permanent, Secretary in Ministry of Education and Vocational Training cutting the ribbon to officiate the launch of ICT in public primary schools, in Dar es Salaam Monday as officials look on.

The Tanzanian government intends to introduce Information Communication Technology (ICT) in public primary schools in an effort to literacy rates and to bridge the digital divide.

Agripina Habicht National Coordinator for Literacy and Numeracy Education Support (LANES) programme told reporters the rate of pupils’ ability to read and understand content is “tormenting.”

She said at the launch of ICT in Education Exhibition organized by the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training “the government has resolved to introduce the programme to facilitate the children’s learning.”

“The world is changing very fast and we have to move faster as well,” she told reporters in Dar es Salaam Monday.

Rwanda and Kenya have already introduced the programme and Tanzania projects to roll-out the initiative initially to 2,000 public primary schools across the country.

While the level of access to electricity varies from one school to another, the government insists the project will the quality of education.

Only 3,000 schools have access to electricity and most of these are located in urban areas, government primary schools are largely left out in terms of internet and electricity coverage.

Habicht said the government will need to offer solar power facility to allow the already identified schools to benefit from the plan.

Prof. Sifuni Mchome, Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Education said: “the world is changing at greater pace requiring adaptation of ICT to cope with the fastest growing national and global demands.”

He said use of ICT will help improve the quality of teaching and learning and enhance understanding amongst the pupils.

“We expect ICT will contribute heavily in the changing the education sector in the country,” he noted.