Coronavirus Brings Opportunity For Ghana To Upgrade Its Digital Literacy – Prof Bokpin

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Economics Professor at the University of Ghana has stated that the coronavirus outbreak compelling people to work from home reveals gaps in the country’s digital landscape.

Professor Godfred Bokpin stressed that it presents an opportunity for everybody to upgrade their digital literacy.

Speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Tuesday, he pointed out some issues with connectivity, data charges and lack of technological infrastructure which can support and complement the ‘work from home’ concept.

Citing the University of Ghana, for instance, the academic disclosed that even though the institution has a system to help distance learning, management has had to scale up to almost 100% in a short while.

This, he said, brings additional challenges for not only staff but also students who are geographically spread across the country.

“We are trying to put our lectures online and it hasn’t been that easy. We have some kind of online, distance education system but now we are trying to scale up close to 100%. It hasn’t been easy for us; in terms of the necessary digital infrastructure and even in terms of faculty using the system. Then we add the geographically dispersed students who have all gone to their various homes and that brings about recognising issues like the connectivity in their areas. So these are not optimal moments for us,” he emphasized.

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The Economist hopes that acknowledging this lack thereof, may “be a defining moment for the next phase in the industrial revolution” which Ghana is looking for.

“It will be predicated on ‘network readiness where today we talk about artificial intelligence, 3D-printing, nanotechnology, and machine learning, he noted.”

He added that it is of significance that everyone, not only businesses but individuals also start to upgrade their digital literacy because that is where the world is driving towards.

 

“When we talk about some of the businesses picking up from where they left off, they’ll need to rely on the usage of technology more, going forward because the world would not be the same again, after coronavirus, he assured.’’

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