The role/status of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in the rural Setlakgobi Area Project Office (APO) schools
Ntshimane, Stephens Lefoka
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Despite growing global awareness and importance of Information Communications Technologies OCT), little has been done regarding introduction of ICT in rural schools as a new way of creating path for learners and educators to engage in information selection, gathering, sorting and analysis. This study explores the status/role of ICT in rural Setlakgobi schools by examining the needs, and support for school managers, and other senior managers in managing the integration of computers and related resources into teaching and learning activities in their schools. It researches five key problematic areas, namely, understanding context, clarifying purpose, identifying values, setting goals and developing vision. The study amongst other things identifies lack of resources, language barrier, technical know how, and staff development as the main challenges of providing modern technologies to rural school in order to enhance quality of learning and teaching. Hence, the need to fast-track the e-learning by developing South African languages, providing physical and human resources, and support for professional development of educators in ICT.