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Govt hails ICT, starts use in schools - Minister

Govt hails ICT, starts use in schools - Minister

THE Minister of State in the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government, Mr Selemani Jafo yesterday said that with the increase use of Information technologies in the world, the government would have to keep pace with it, starting in schools.

Mr Jafo made the remarks here while opening Information and Communication Technology (ICT) training in the capital city, where more than 286 public Secondary School teachers at the University of Dodoma College of Informatics and Virtual Education (CIVE) attended.

In his speech, he called upon the participants and other teachers from all the Mainland regions to ensure they pass the knowledge to their students, who in turn would benefit from it in various inventions and innovations.

“There is no way we can shy away from information technology, the world has changed, and we have to move towards that direction to cope with changes,” he stressed.

The Minister was of views that if well understood and mastered, the computer labs in public schools would also in turn reduce the cost of purchasing textbooks as the students would access them online.

“Even the hassle of our children undergoing of carrying heavy school bags would come to an end, and teaching would be something with a different flavour,” he pointed out.

On his part College of Informatics and Virtual Education (CIVE) Principal, Prof Alloyce Mvuma presiding over said that training would also be more practical with some few lecture sessions.

“We want them to transform to ICT literate, and we would be able to engage them more practically…so that when they go back to their workplaces, they would be able to teach their colleagues and other students by examples,” he hinted.

Prof Mvuma said that at the end of the training, they want to have teachers who can improve their teaching skills through ICT. However, Representative of the UCSAF Chief Executive Officer, Eng Albert Richard said that they intend to link all schools countrywide through the Information and Communication Technology.

To make it practical, they started issuing computersand other related gadgets in public schools since 2015. For proper maintenance and usage of the ICT equipment, he said, UCSAF opted for teachers’ capacity building trainings for them to be in a position to handle minor technical issues.

The training for five days was organised by the Universal Communications Service Access Fund (UCSAF), as an upgrade from a continuation of the ICT training offered to the teacher since 2015/16 financial year.

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