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Schools in South Africa will break the trend of tech illiteracy

Bipin Dimri Jun 10, 2019

Cyril Ramaphosa, the president, announced that coding should be a compulsory subject. Moreover, Ramaphosa also stated that he wants every child in schools to have a tablet for academic use. And this will take place within the next six years.

Nic Spaull, an education expert, said that schools having computer labs which are functional are much more important than owning a tablet.

MyBroadband recently had a discussion with Professor Dick Ng'ambi, head of Educational Technology Programmes at UCT. The discussion was based on "how to carry out the technological implementation in the poorer schools by keeping organizational behavior the core of practical and valuable implications.”

Ng'ambi stated that it's high time to break the continuous cycle of illiteracy in the country.

He is aware of the fact that it's risky to combine technology and education together. According to Ng'ambi, the tech should be used in a way that improves the learning experience rather than using it as a stunt.

Ng'ambi says that, if this works out, it will enhance the assistance of learning beyond the limitations of teachers.

He added that it is risky how technology is used in different stages- starting from how it is taught, how the learner grabs the topic, upgrading the efficiency of feedback received by the learner with administrative benefits.

He then stated it's much more beneficial to use this technology in the South African underprivileged schools than at materially wealthy schools. According to Ng'ambi, it is easier to view the value of technology when there are massive economic and infrastructural limitations.

Ng'ambi said, one reason to achieve this is by obtaining sponsorship from private sector institutions.

According to Ng'ambi, the private sector institutions can either sponsor a computer lab or just wifi.  He also stated that this kind of work is being done in some segments of the country.

Lack of electricity is also one of the reasons for the struggle for economically disadvantaged schools. If these schools are provided with sufficient electricity, then data will prove out as an additional restraint.


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