The Ministry of Environment Science and Technology (MEST), has released the second batch of 546 laptops for distribution to individuals, some state and educational institutions in the country under the Better Ghana Agenda.
The distribution of the laptops, which formed part of the Mathematics, Science and Technology Scholarship (MASTES) programme under the Ministry, was initiated in 2011 and is aimed at enhancing the teaching and learning of mathematics in the various tertiary institutions.
While the Ministry is responsible for the selection of beneficiaries, rLG Communications is responsible for the production of the laptops; about 6,220 computers have so far been distributed to various universities and polytechnics, out of the 9,000 earmarked for distribution.
Some of the beneficiary institutions in the latest distribution programme are the Institute of Professional Studies, the University of Ghana, the Accra Polytechnic, Ghana Prisons Service, the Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School, Accra Girls’ High School and the Odorgonor Senior High School.
The Deputy Minister at the MEST, Dr Edward Omane-Boamah, who represented the laptops to the beneficiary institutions, said the project that was being implemented in partnership with the Ministries of Education and Communications had contracted the rlg Communications to produce 77,000 laptops which were at various stages of distribution.
He said the project was targeted at student who were expected to write ICT component of their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) but for some reasons do not know a computer or have no knowledge in ICT.
Dr Omane-Boamah stressed that the computers were distributed free of charge and asked beneficiary students to visit various rlg offices across the country with their student identity cards for their laptops.
He announced that there would be a publication in the media for the submission for new applications by February this year for the next batch of distribution.
Source: Daily Graphic