Studying ICT with a dysfunctional laptop; the plight of Ntinanko Cluster of schools

Teachers and students at the Ntinanko Cluster of Schools in the Bekwai Municipality of Ashanti region say the lack of ICT labs in their schools has hampered effective teaching and learning.

Over 700 students in three schools have access to one dysfunctional computer for the learning of ICT. Pupils from other schools also travel to the Ntinanko R/C Basic School to have their practical learning of the subject.

Pupils at the Adventist Preparatory school in the Ntinanko community say they fail to appreciate the practicality of the subject.

Others expressed discomfort sharing one computer with classmates and colleagues from other schools.

“It’s difficult learning with one computer, we always fight over it’’ a student lamented. Another student said “Our teachers always draw the part of the computer on the board. The new computers are really going to make the learning of I.C.T easy”

Headmaster of Ntinanko R/C Basic School, Stephen Asomaning bemoans the struggles of teaching with a dysfunctional laptop.

According to him, proposals have been written to a number of institutions for support.

“We currently have four ICT teachers in the community and they all teach ICT using one laptop. The dysfunctional laptop was donated by an old student which serves three schools in the community

“So, we decided to write a proposal to the rotary club to assist us and fortunately for us they heeded to our plea. Our ICT problem is solved with the donation of the new computers” he said.

The Rotary Club, Kumasi-East responded with the donation of 30 computers worth 20,000 Ghana Cedis to the Ntinanko Cluster of schools.

President of the Club George Fuseini, says solving illiteracy issues in the community is a commitment.

“Rotary club, Kumasi-East has been contributing to the Ntinanko community since our club was formed. We thank the members of rotary club, Kumasi-East for contributing 20,000 for the purchase of the computers and renovating the building

“If you’re able to support people by solving illiteracy and environmental problems your maker will also look after you. We contribute our money to the Rotary Foundation to solve problems in the country” the President of Rotary Club Kumasi-East noted.

Rotary Kumasi–East Club has, however, urged Ghanaians to join the club to give back to society by reducing the rate of illiteracy, environmental problems and economic hardship in the world.

The Club develops service projects in six broad areas: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children through accessible health care, supporting basic education and illiteracy and growing local economies.
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