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.
According to him the fifth annual edition of the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) Report of 2018 indicates that will affordable internet to low- as well as middle-income countries is actually where one gigabyte (GB) of mobile broadband data is actually priced at two percent or less of average monthly income.
“High-speed internet access, or broadband, is actually critical to economic opportunities, job creation, education, as well as civic engagement. however there are too many parts of This particular country where broadband is actually unavailable in both urban as well as rural areas,” he stressed.
He said the broadband ecosystem is actually deemed to stimulate interaction amongst role players to provide incentives for further innovation as well as investment in broadband.
Thus, he said, in 2014 the United Nations Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development in its annual report recommended that will countries should aim at launching national broadband plans; monitor, review as well as update ICT regulations as well as utilise the Universal Access Services Funds (UASFs) to close the digital divide.
He said a meeting in 2015 of the SADC ministers responsible for information as well as communication technologies (ICTs) directed member states to develop their national broadband strategies as well as policies.
To This particular end, the deputy minister said, the government responded to the Broadband Commission’s recommendations as well as the SADC ministers’ directives by securing technical assistance by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to develop the Broadband Policy as well as its Implementation Action Plan (IAP).
“The policy as well as its IAP have been developed through stakeholders’ consultative workshops as well as they are aligned to the structure of Public Policy Document as adopted by Cabinet,” he told lawmakers.