Information Communication Technology Appraisal for Enhancement of Quality Education in NorthWollo District, Amhara Region, Ethiopia

Authors : Lema Misgan, Andualem Chekol

Volume/Issue : Volume 5 - 2020, Issue 3 - March

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An attempt has been done in this study to assess the status and challenges of information communication technology (ICT) for the enhancement of quality education in Ethiopian secondary schools. The study examined the availability and status of ICT infrastructures, electricity, characterizing the levels of challenges of ICT, skills, and capability as well as the perception of teachers and principals towards ICT. The descriptive survey design using a mixed research methodology was used. A total of 375 samples were randomly and purposely selected from teachers, principals, and students in four schools of north-Wollo district in the Amhara region. A self-designed questionnaire prepared for secondary schools and ICT was used to collect the data for the study. Data collected for the study were analyzed using descriptive statistics such as percentage scores and frequency counts. As the finding showed, the unavailability of ICT devices, inconsistent technology usage by teachers and staff because of lack of computer, poor internet connection and lack of ICT skills make ICT infertile in enhancing the quality of education. Moreover, the result of the study indicated that several other factors pull back the implementation of ICT at the schools. Therefore, it is recommended that the responsible principals should increase the budget for ICT infrastructures in schools and ICT skills should be a mandatory skill for teachers. Policymakers should adopt a hybrid ICT integration model that takes into account comprehensive factors tailored to both technological and pedagogical aspects are recommended.

Keywords : Amhara region, Challenges, ICT, Quality of education.


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