Professor Benjamin Jabez Botwe Nyarko, Director General of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), called for the integration of e-learning into the education system to maximize time spent outside of school hours and improve learning outcomes.
He said it was even more convincing with the dual track system, which would enable students to be engaged at home.
Professor Nyarko launched the call during the 51st day of speeches and awards ceremony at the LycÃ©e Labone in Accra on the theme: “Trend changes in our current education system: technology as a useful tool”.
âWe must not forget the fact that our children and students have already embraced technology and are reaping the negative effects,â he said.
Some students had become addicted to social media platforms and spent hours posting and chatting, denying them the ability to read important material, Professor Nyarko said.
While the rest of the world had incorporated technology into teaching and learning to improve students’ ability to grasp complex ideas and engaging content using technology, Ghana had not passed the stage of the board and the marker, he said.
âWe don’t have to reinvent the wheel; we don’t have a completely gloomy situation in our hands. We have to find meaning in our vision and our theme and getâ¦. in action while keeping a close eye on global trends, âhe said.
Professor Nyarko, a member of the 83-Year Group, said that over the years technology has become an integral part of the tools of the educator and the educated around the world.
âHowever, in our part of the world, our actions and inactions may suggest that we have become resistant to the changing global trend in education,â he said.
“There are times when change becomes inevitable and wasting this opportunity could have far-reaching consequences.”
“If there is anything that deserves our efforts and energies, as a country and as individuals, it must be quality education for our children.”
For all intents and purposes, quality education should be measured by the ability to solve problems and be globally competitive, said Professor Nyarko.
“Our school vision demands this of us, Sustainable Development Goal number four demands this of us, the theme of this occasion demands this of us.”
Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwaah, Director General of the Ghana Education Service, in a speech read on his behalf, said the theme was appropriate given the crucial role that technology plays in the education system.
“We are in a generation where technology has surrounded us on all sides, especially in these critical times of COVID-19, where work groups, organizations and individuals are forced to design different ways of solving problems.” , did he declare.
The national distance and open learning program involving the production of audiovisual lessons is clear evidence of how technology can improve learning outcomes, he said.
âTechnology has indeed created a space for teachers to receive ICT training to help them develop effective teaching techniques,â he added.
Ms Cynthia Obuo Nti, the principal of the school, listed some of the challenges the school faces, including the eight unit block for staff, a GETFund project, which had been at a standstill for over 10 years, the supply of a school vehicle and renovation of the scientific laboratory and the dining room.
She congratulated the different age groups for their immense contributions to the development of the school.
Special prizes were awarded to students who excelled during the school year.