Students in various senior high schools will from this academic year be permitted to go to school with mobile phones. This was revealed after the National Executive Council (NEC) met with the Ghana Education Service (GES) management to discuss issues related to the reopening of schools and the implementation of the new junior high school curriculum and other matters related to education.
According to a statement shared with listengh.net in relation to the NEC meeting and meeting with the GES management, SHS students will be allowed to use android phones without sim cards. This is because the new education curriculum stresses much on ICT. Therefore the new policy is that students should be allowed to bring to school, phones or preferably tablets without chips.
These gadgets would be registered on the school Wi-Fi by ICT teachers so they can have access to various learning programmes on the Wi-Fi. Registration will help facilitate the monitoring of students’ activities on the platform. The speed of the Wi-fi will be increased when students’ tablets are hooked on the platform.
However, according to the statement, modalities, and rules governing this policy are still being developed and will be rolled out soon but as it stands now, the management of GES wishes to reiterate that only Android phones be allowed, no iPhones.
Meanwhile, schools that have not been connected to wifi are urged to report immediately to the Ghana Education Service for the necessary action to be taken.
Due to the computer involving nature of the new curriculum, the new ICT policy is that teachers will be supported to own personal laptops.
The government will take 70% of the cost and the teacher pays 30k spread out over a period of one year. These measures are put in place to help in the smooth running of school calendars and to enhance the stay of students in school throughout the calendar year.