President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Angel Carbonu, has lauded the planned provision of free internet access in second-cycle schools across the country.
He has described such a move as very useful and says that it will go a long way in assiting teaching and learning activities.
Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, whilst addressing party faithfuls at the launch of the New Patriotic Party’s 2020 manifesto, reitterated the government’s committment to improve teaching and learning by means of installing Wi-Fi access points on the campuses of Senior High and tertiary institutions.
According to him, the government has already awarded the contract for the first batch of wifi installations to begin in and is hopeful that by the end of year, some schools will have free internet access.
Responding to this, Mr. Angel Carbonu indicated that the fufilment of such a promise will take away the cost incurred in purchasing internet data for teaching and learning activities.
“This promise means that the huge challenge is going to be taken away from us that is the cost in acquiring and purchasing data. It is a very useful thing if it is done. It will help us and help teaching and learning. We all know that in this COVID-19 era if we have had a very strong infrastructural base in IT, we wouldn’t have had problems.”
Among other promises for the education sector, the NPP manifesto announced the cancellation of the guarantor system for students’ loan application for all tertiary students except trainee teachers and nurses.
The manifesto also announced financial investment to improve upon the quality of education in 10,000 low-performing basic schools.