Govt increases support towards the uptake of E-learning

By Kenias Chivuzhe

THE Government is expediting the uptake of the e-learning programme, with increased support set to ensure the country attains a digital economy by 2030.

The adoption of the Education 5.0 model makes it mandatory for the nation to go digital and adopt e-governance, hence the government’s move to support schools under the e-learning programme.

This is being put into action with Information Communication Technology-ICT laboratories being commissioned at three schools in Makoni District this weekend.

“On behalf of the ministry of primary and secondary education, we are happy with the availing of laptops at St Joseph’s High School. We have had a number of schools in the recent past that benefited from the government-supported e-learning programme. The new curriculum makes the teaching of computers mandatory but the teaching is less effective without the gadgets,” said Achim Jiji, Makoni District Schools Inspector.

“As Manicaland province, we are lagging behind particularly in terms of E-learning and more still needs to be done. But we are elated that today we are in Makoni and the minister of ICT is commissioning three ICT labs in one day,” said Edwin Mashindi, Makoni District Development Coordinator.

In an interview on the sidelines of the commissioning of an ICT block at St Joseph’s Secondary school, the Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services, Dr Janfan Muswere said the development is the fulfilment of the commitment to promote human capital development and achieve a digital economy by the year 2030.

“Today is part of the commitment by his excellence the president’s journey as we walk towards vision 2030 in terms of a digital economy and in particular focusing on one of the priority areas that is human capital development. The president approved an e-learning strategy which see will a minimum of 1500 schools being equipped with gadgets and connect to the internet for free for six months and this decision will certainly be reviewed,” said the minister.

“This represents a commitment by the president in terms of ensuring that we bridge the rural-urban divide and also represents the inclusivity policy. The decision to ensure that we implement the smart Zimbabwe plan and focus on the smart education pillar is guided by the drive to ensure that we will have a digital economy by the year 2030.”

The government is running the presidential e-learning programme concurrently with the national e-learning strategy to speed up the attainment of a digital economy.

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