The Ministry of Education and the US-based Microsoft Corporation, on
Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to build the
Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) capacity of teacher
trainees in Ghana.
The MOU will also enable Microsoft to develop a software to support
teaching and learning in all schools.
The signing was in recognition of the importance of ICT in schoolÂ development and teaching and learning.
The MOU is a renewal of the 2004 agreement between the two entities, which resulted in the establishment of three Information Technology academies at the universities of Cape Coast, Education and Development Studies, The program had led to the training of 300 teachers at all levels of basic education.
Dr Joseph Annan, Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Tertiary
Education, signed on behalf of the Ministry, whilst Mr Ali Faramawy, Vice
President, Middle East and Africa of Microsoft Corporation, initialled on
behalf of his organisation
Dr Annan said support for the development of ICT benchmarks for teachers and students was a challenge facing the country’s educational sector.
He said the Ministry was committed to ensuring that all educational
institutions used common licensed software to facilitate easy access to
the software industry to impact on development.
Dr Annan called on Microsoft to consider developing a special ICT software package for the special needs of students in Ghana to enhance teaching and learning.