By Lavender Chandisareva
Government has launched five more School Information Communication Technology laboratories in Harare in line with the digital economy drive and the mantra of living no one and no place behind.
The launch comes at a time when the nation is on a digital economy drive in line with Education 5.0 and vision 2030.
Students and parents who spoke to ZBC News at Queen Elizabeth High School expressed gratitude to government for transforming the learning environment towards academic excellence.
“We are happy with and grateful to the Minister for this donation of laptops it is now easy for us to type our documents and research,” a student said.
Another said, “We are now getting help concerning the writing of exams and the new curriculum where there is CALA and we can search for ourselves using these computers.”
“We were used to share a few computers that we had and as there is an increment of them, we are happy of this launch of an ICT lab where we can now develop software skills, know about websites, projects that the textbooks cannot officer,” another added.
A parent noted, “We are very excited about this gesture. The burden has been relieved. We had 53 computers for an enrolment of 900 students and now with the increment of 30 more computers and this launch, we are happy as parents and as the community this a positive development to us.”
Another parent said they were having challenges with students concerning CALA and now the students will be able to research for themselves.
The Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr Evelyn Ndlovu noted that the ICT labs will go a long way in helping students to navigate the new curriculum.
“We are grateful to the Minister for the donation of computers that are going to navigate in developing our country and it will help us in the new curriculum we have, in creative and innovation skills, projects, online learning and this will help the students at the time of examinations. Without computers it is difficult to learn.”
The Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services, Dr Jenfan Muswere gave an insight into the scope of the programme which is being taken to all parts of the country.
“We are here today as part of the whole government approach to develop digital skills across the country under the ICT Labs which is one of the key priorities under the NDS 1, which I recognise as the importance of human capital development for primary and secondary school. We are going to leave no place behind, be it people in the rural areas or the urban set up. We are coming from Mufakose, here then Mabvuku,” he said.
The schools that benefited from the programme this Thursday include Mufakose 4 High School, Queen Elizabeth High, Mabvuku High, Chikurubi Primary School and ZRP Support Unit College.