Training of educators and officials is a key component before technology strategies are implemented in schools, says an expert.
Recently, the Gauteng Education department launched its paperless education system, expected to cost around R17bn.
“We are officially burying the chalk board, we are officially burying the duster, we are officially burying the chalk,” said Gauteng MEC for education Panyaza Lesufi at the launch event at Boitumelong Secondary School.
But unless there was a buy-in from all stakeholders, a programme of technology in education would not succeed.
“Training, training and then some more training of teachers, as well as education department officials. The major reason for under-utilisation (or in many cases, non-use) of technology in schools is the lack of understanding on the part of teachers of the way in which technology is to be employed in the classroom,” Kobus Van Wyk, head of e-Learning at Mustek told Fin24.
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