Teachers lack ICT skills — expert

An information communication technology (ICT) expert has urged the government and the private sector to partner towards equipping schoolteachers with relevant ICT skills.

Addressing delegates at the just-ended African ICT for Education Summit in Victoria Falls, E-Learning Solutions CEO Itai Masimirembwa said most teachers did not have the requisite skills.

“There is continuous evolution of ICT trends,” he said.
“The problem that we have is that most of our educators in Zimbabwe lack ICT skills.

“We will not be able to address ICT problems in the country if our educators themselves lack those skills,” he added.

Speaking at the same occasion, Swaziland’s ICT minister Winnie Magagula said Africa must invest in education in order to attract more investors.

“If we invest in ICT education, it is not only investors who will be attracted to us, but even students from across the globe can be attracted to learn at our institutions,” Magagula said.

She said political will could influence the manner in which ICT development in education would be implemented.

Magagula said the ICT programmes in education needed political support.

The remarks came against the backdrop of reports that many rural-based Zimbabwean teachers were computer-illiterate.

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