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Research (Ghana): A Study On The Effectiveness Of ICT Training In Senior High Schools In The Greater Accra Region Of Ghana

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Research (Ghana): A Study On The Effectiveness Of ICT Training In Senior High Schools In The Greater Accra Region Of Ghana

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to investigate the effectiveness of ICT training in Senior High Schools in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.

The sample consisted of 200 students and 40 teachers in five Senior High Schools.

The stratified random sampling technique was used to select the three schools to represent the school types (co-ed, girls, boys, schools) with one school in each stratum, respectively. For each stratum, respondents were selected using the simple random technique. Structured questionnaires consisting of closed items were also used to collect the data from the sample space.

Three sets of questionnaires were designed and administered to the three groups of respondents; teachers, students and administrators.

The descriptive statistical method was employed concurrently to analyze the data using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software.

The major findings of the study included the following:

  1. A greater percentage of the students partake in the ICT training at school, but a majority of them don’t practice after school because of lack of personal computers.
  2. Majority of teachers have access to the Internet facilities in their schools, but they hardly use them.
  3. A majority of schools are undecided on having an ICT budget whiles a majority of schools have an ICT policy but do not have a budget to implement it.

From the findings, we came up with the following recommendations to enhance ICT training  in Senior High Schools:

  1. There is a need for ICT departments to introduce browsing sessions in their computer laboratories for students while taking steps to monitor usage, to ensure that students use the Internet for educational purposes only and thus, prevent possible internet abuse.
  2. Teachers should be given ICT training to enhance their knowledge in the use of the internet and school administrators should prepare budgets for ICT implementation.

 

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