Aburi, GHANA – Considering the improvements and efficiency of the internet in the education sector, it is ridiculous to think that education can be promoted and enhanced without technology.
But the Ghana Education Service has rules and regulations that apply to all state high school institutions, and one of them severely restricts internet access for students.
Unlike advanced countries where people use the internet at all stages of life, Ghana enforces a limit on high school students and there is a penalty for breaking the rule.
In my school, the only access to the internet is the information, communication and technology lab, which is used once a week. Even then the connection is not stable.
This makes student life very hectic, especially when you have a project or research to do. If the lab had been effective and accessible, we, the student body, would have approved.
Aside from lab classes, the computers in the lab are very difficult to access as students destroy the equipment and abuse the internet, resulting in damage and expensive repairs.
We sometimes feel that these Internet rules are barbaric and that changing them is necessary. Teaching and learning becomes more interesting when the internet is available.
There are some topics that are best understood when students can see pictures rather than just reading about them or listening to a teacher.
Without the internet, students are also cut off from news about our country and the world.
Once we get to the school, we don’t know what’s actually happening in the country, which is very bad. Our source of information is the inquiry with our teachers and hostesses.
There is no difference when you compare the life of an inmate to that of a boarding school student. They all have restricted lives.
As a solution, students should be given access to the Internet at school in order to improve the learning process.
The duration and occasion of use can be restricted, but preventing students from accessing the Internet at school harms the country’s education system and its future.
Mayama Opare is a Junior Reporter at Youth Journalism International from Accra, Ghana. She wrote this comment.
Christine Marinho is a Junior Reporter and Senior Illustrator at Youth Journalism International from Texas, USA. She did the illustration.