May 22, 2024

Former Deputy Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kwaku Boahen, has described as needless and waste of money the decision by the government to introduce laptops as replacements for textbooks in Senior High Schools (SHS) nationwide.

He argued that the decision will lead to poor academic performance in the Senior High Schools (SHS) since the students will divert the intent to the laptops for their personal gains.

Speaking on UTV monitored by on Saturday, 8th June, 2023, Kwaku Boahen stated that the student will lose concentration on their studies should the laptops replace textbooks.

” Did you give a mobile phone to your child when he was going to SHS?……. Yes, you didn’t give him a phone because he will lose concentration, then if you give him a laptop can he concentrate on his studies? is a simple reason. If the government gives them tablets they won’t learn. Even if you take a textbook, there is a spirit behind it that will push you to learn” He said.

The Ministry of Education, under the guidance of the government, is making preparations to introduce laptops as replacements for textbooks in Senior High Schools (SHS) nationwide.

During the 60th Anniversary celebration of the Hohoe Evangelical Presbyterian Senior High School, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia made the announcement, stating that the laptops would be equipped with textbooks and other teaching and learning materials for use during lessons.

Dr. Bawumia emphasized that the initiative aims to prepare students to thrive in the global village.

He expressed the importance of investing in education as a means to propel the country forward in the right direction and build future nation builders.

During his speech on Saturday, Dr. Bawumia said, “The Minister for Education has also assured me that this year, we’ll start the replacement of textbooks with laptops that have textbooks embedded in Senior High Schools.”

But Kwaku Boahen believes that if the students continue with their textbooks, they can concentrate and learn hard.