By FRANK MUKUPA
THE Policy Monitoring and Research Centre (PMRC) has advised the Ministry of General Education to ensure all investments in ICT for education are directed by a single integrated strategy to foster efforts towards a coordinated goal.
In its recent report dubbed the “Implementation Status and Challenges of ICTs in Zambian Schools,” PMRC called on the need to widen access to ICT infrastructure and connectivity.
The centre had proposed that this could be achieved through the development and implementation of an ICT investment strategy and a stand-alone ICT policy in education.
According to the report both the Ministry of General Education and of Higher Education with their implementing partners should ensure the implementation of programmes that would enable teachers, learners and administration to gain access to computers.
The report says there was need to harness ICT to improve management and administration of the sector adding that as it stands, evidence showed that there was lack of a policy to promote data driven decision-making at educational institution level.
The report says there was value in harnessing ICT to improve educational management and administration adding that evidence showed that there was lack of a policy to promote data driven decision making at educational institution level.
The report says ministry of education needs to adopt a sustainable professional development framework to guide teacher training in the use of ICTs.
The report shares the view that the use of ICTs in the education sector may not be the solution for all the challenges that were currently faced in the education sector but research conducted both in Zambia and in other countries had shown that the use of ICTs can influence and improve the productivity and efficiency of both teaching and learning.