Teachers acquire ICT skills

January 5, 2012No Comments

Teachers in training

The government of Rwanda wants to transform the country into a knowledge-based economy by the year 2020. Embracing information technology is considered as the main strategy towards this transformation.

It is against this background that primary and secondary teachers acquire ICT skills on a daily basis. During the 2011 third term holidays, Gisagara district organized a 10-day training workshop in ICT for primary and secondary teachers. Each school in the district was represented by one teacher especially those who offer science courses.

Niyonsaba Patience, one of the trainees said that they were trained on basics of computer science, application hardware maintenance and the use of internet.

Many teachers however lack computers at their schools and this seems to be an obstacle in trying to practice the vital knowledge acquired during the training workshop.

Twahirwa Gerard, a teacher at Munazi School in Save sector said;

“I have attended this training workshop for four times and whenever I come back, everything looks new to me because I don’t have any computer for further practice,”

This problem of inadequate computers affects students when it comes to practicals. Teachers expressed their will of acquiring computers and then pay them in installments saying that their monthly salary cannot afford them a computer.

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