The Government has launched the training of teachers in Information and communication technologies (ICTs). The Bachelor of ICTs with Education fast track degree program is being offered at the Zambia ICT college centre of excellence in Ndola. Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet for Smart Zambia Dr. Martine Mtonga flagged off the training in Ndola today. Dr. MTONGA who is E-goverment Division NATIONAL Coordinator in the Office of The President at cabinet office graced the occasion.
Dr. MTONGA said that in accelerating the vision of President Edgar Chagwa Lungu’s desire of making Zambia become Smart By the year 2030, it was found prudent to have government teachers trained in ICTs so that they could also go and teach the learners in the government schools in the country. “Government recognizes the role that ICTs can play in accelerating the socio economic development of our country towards an information and knowledge based economy. As a matter of fact we are living in a constantly evolving digital world, and ICTs training is cardinal” he said.
The course modules have been developed by the University of Zambia and shall be offered by the Zambia ICT college. Government through Smart Zambia has co sponsored the cost of the program. Government teachers pay 50% of the fees, while government pays the other 50%. Since the teachers are already trained teachers, the program is now for 3 years instead of 4 years.
ONE THOUSAND (1000) teachers from across the country have enrolled and have today started training. Copper belt Province Permanent Secretary Mr. Bright Nundwe also attended the launch and implored the teachers to pay attention to what the lecturers will bring out to them and maintain descipline so that the course ends as scheduled without disruptions. All the 10 provincial education officers also attended the launch.
The dean of the provincial education officers thanked government for introducing this course and said that it will easy the challenges that schools have been facing due to shortage of staff who are fully trained in ICTs as the subject is now compulsory in schools.