ICT, broadband roll-out for Zamazulu High

2016-03-23 06:00
PHOTO: nontethelelo mzizi  At the roll-out of the programme (from left) Department of Education HOD Nkosinathi Sishi, Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize, Shaun Emsile and Patrick Msomi from Broadband Connectivity (KZN).

PHOTO: nontethelelo mzizi At the roll-out of the programme (from left) Department of Education HOD Nkosinathi Sishi, Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize, Shaun Emsile and Patrick Msomi from Broadband Connectivity (KZN).

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THE deputy minister of telecommunications and postal services, Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize visited Zamazulu High School in Imbali to roll out information and communications technology (ICT) and broadband there and to Esiqongweni Secondary and Mehlokazulu High School.

The minister attended the meeting with the Department of Education HOD Dr Nkosinathi Sishi, Shaun Emslie and Patrick Msomi from Kwa-Zulu Natal Broadband Connectivity.

The ICT and broadband roll-out is part of the government’s plan to develop poor and disadvantaged communities by providing faster Wi-fi connectivity to schools. ICT and broadband roll-out is a programme that is going to uplift schools in rural areas by improving teaching and learning methods, providing pupils with an opportunity to gain information and easily access the internet.

President Jacob Zuma during the State of the Nation Address said the programme that will help to develop the country in the technology and education sector. Emslie said they have more than 2 000 schools connected and plan to connect more schools.

Mkhize explained the programme as one that will change the process of learning and teaching for the better.

“ICT is a game-changer. It makes young people study 24/7, not only in class, but also on the internet.”

She advised pupils to use technology to develop their lives and the lives of the community.

“The use of technology, if taken seriously and used with a certain degree of responsibility, could ensure intrusive and quality education and promote life-learning opportunities,” said Mkhize

Sishi showed his support and appreciation of the introduction of the ICT and broadband roll-out programme, saying the DoE has invested a lot of money and resources in ICT and broadband roll-out to try to improve connectivity in schools. “The roll-out of broadband is one of the significant programmes of the ruling party and the KZN government.” He said they have been looking for new ways to improve learning outcomes especially after the low matric pass rate in 2015. “We look at ICT as one option that could assist us, but also it provides us with an opportunity to guide our young people about possibilities in the education sector.”

Zamazulu High School is optimistic the government will fulfil their promise to provide the school with fast wireless connection, especially since the one initially installed is not functioning properly. Principal Xolani Ndlela said the broadband will give pupils more research opportunities, improved connectivity, easy access to information and make teaching more effective.”

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