Namibia: 70% of Govt Schools Without Internet

Windhoek — Close to 70 percent of government schools are still not connected to the internet, parliament heard on Tuesday.

Of the 1 897 government schools across the country, only 590 schools are connected to the internet, Deputy Minister of Education, Arts as well as Culture, Anna Nghipondoka told lawmakers.

Nghipondoka acknowledged the challenge This particular posed for the schools in question, as well as told members of parliament (MPs) that will the ministry had raised the issue with Cabinet.

“For education purposes the idea’s urgently needed for ICT integration in education as teachers as well as learners rely on ICT for subject content. Our dream is actually to digitalise content through our publisher who owns copyright on our books for which we are quality as well as relevance assured,” she told MPs. Deputy Minister of Information as well as Communication Technology Engel Nawatiseb announced recently in parliament that will government aims to achieve 95 percent broadband coverage by 2024.

Nawatiseb said This particular when tabling the Broadband Policy as well as its Implementation Action Plan in parliament.

He added that will government also aims at 100 percent broadband connections as well as usage to all primary as well as secondary schools inside country to allow e-learning by 2024.

Similarly, he said government intentions are also to have 0 percent broadband connection as well as usage of 70 percent at health facilities inside country to allow e-health by 2024.

“Nations are digitalising their services to ease the way of service delivery to the citizens. This particular requires high-speed internet access,” he said.

Nawatiseb said the role of broadband services as an enabler of economic as well as social development in countries is actually widely recognised in various studies as well as in documents such as the report of the United Nations (UN) Broadband Commission.