GES considering allowing students take phones, laptops to school after COVID-19 – Dr Adutwum suggests

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Ghana may see a change from its current regime in the education sector that does not permit students from nursery to Senior High School level from sending their personal electronic gadgets to school.

This was disclosed by the Deputy Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, who stated that the Ghana Education Service is currently reviewing its policies including the regulations on the use of personal devices in school.

The review, Dr Adutwum hinted, has been necessitated by the lessons learnt from the impact of the COVID-19 on the education sector.

“GES is reviewing their own protocols regarding ‘bring your own device’ which include smartphones, laptops and other things,” the Deputy Education Minister divulged adding “I think we have to face the reality that the world has shifted and certain tools have become part of learning so GES is fully aware of that and they are looking at their policies.”

Despite making known the ongoing revision of the GES policies, Dr Adutwum was quick to note that the specifics changes and decision on the said matter is unknown to him but will be ready post-COVID-19.

“You have to wait to see the policy that will come post-COVID-19,” the Bosumtwi added.

The debate over whether or not students should be allowed to use electronic gadgets in school has sharply divided parents and stakeholders alike.

Whereas some, including the CEO of Telecommunications Chamber, Ken Ashigbey, believe that it facilitates academic work, in this fast-evolving world, others hold the view that it is a distraction.

“Technology empowers students to be more creative and more connected. It has the potential to impact learning, using technology in the classroom helps teachers to develop their student’s digital citizenship skills”, Ken Ashigbey said whiles delivering a speech at St. Augustine’s College in Cape Coast in March 2018.

However, in the wake of the pandemic and the government’s subsequent directive that schools should be closed down, many educational institutions have resorted to online studies which require the use of these gadgets that have been banned for use in schools.

This has ignited the debate once more and post-COVID-19, the GES is likely to review its position on the matter, according to the Deputy Minister, who has advised that the public waits for the details of the reviewed policy.


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