Over Mobile ICT Van For Pupils
Queenstar Pokuah Sawyerr
By Samuel Appah-Peniel
Pupils of Duakwa Presby Primary School in the Agona East Constituency, have been stopped from using the mobile ICT van, on “order from above”.
This has denied the pupils an opportunity to learn the ICT subject, leaving the entire area, wondering what could have gone wrong.
According to the Member of Parliament (MP), Queenstar Pokuah Sawyerr, the Mobile ICT Van, had been at the disposal of the schools in the area, rotating from school to school, according to Timetable schedule prepared by the teachers.
However, at Duakwa Presby School on Wednesday, November 7, the Mobile ICT Van was stopped by the District Education Director, Vida Amoah, under instructions from above.
She was reported to have warned all heads of schools against allowing the use of the Mobile ICT Van in their schools, failure to comply will result in punishment and demotion.
Tension is brewing in the area as the community leaders gather to express their displeasure at the action.
They are accusing the Minister of State In charge of Tertiary Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah, for being of the architect behind the order, as he intends to contest the MP post on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Agona East constituency.
They also cited the Central Regional Minister, Mr Kwabena Duncan, as part of the ploy to stop the mobile van from operating to aid the NPP’s chances.
The Mobile ICT Van, an initiative of the NDC MP for Agona East, was acquired and equipped with computers to aid the teaching of ICT in the various schools in her Constituency.
Meanwhile, Queenstar, has hit hard at Prof. Yankah, ridiculing him on Neat FM over the deliberate attempts to prevent the computer-aided mobile van from moving from school to school in the Agona East Constituency to teach the students some of whom had not seen a computer before.
To her, stopping this great initiative which has extensively helped improve ICT skills of children since 2016, could only be seen as a political agenda aimed at dislodging her.