Big push for investments in technology is critical – 2nd Dep. Governor

Second Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Mrs Elsie Addo Awwadzi has said that while technology enabled the adaptations that were necessary to reduce the fallout from the Covid pandemic including the impact on teaching and learning, existing gaps in access to technology introduced disparities in the extent to which some were able to cope with disruptions from the pandemic.

For example, she said, students who had no access to electronic devices or had no access to cost-effective and reliable internet connectivity to support their online learning were suddenly facing new hurdles in pursuing their educational dreams.

There were also gendered dynamics to the impact of the pandemic, such that female lecturers or students were disproportionately saddled with responsibilities for childcare, care of relatives, and housework, with schools closed and labour markets disrupted, while at the same time having to keep up with online teaching and learning, she said.

“It is against this backdrop that the big push for investments in technology to promote resilience going forward and in a human-centred manner is critical,” Mrs Addo Awadzi said while delivering a speech at the launch of the 75th anniversary of the University of Ghana on Thursday September 1.

She further stated that equitable access to reliable and cost-effective technology will go a long way to promote teaching and learning in a more sustainable manner and ensure than no one is left behind.

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“Hence, the recently launched ‘One student, One laptop’ (1S1L) programme, where about 120 students have been provided laptops, deserves applause.

“It is my hope that many corporate bodies and well-meaning Ghanaians, will support this initiative to ensure that all needy students receive this support,” she stressed.

By Laud Nartey||Ghana