He said the shortage of the latest digital tools was causing qualified teachers to shun most rural schools.
Speaking at a seminar organised by the Information Communication Technology Association of Zimbabwe, he said: “Though we appreciate government efforts of providing computers and the requisite e-learning gadgetry, most of Manicaland’s remotely located rural schools with electricity remain without computers or any form of internet connectivity,” he said.
“This continues to explain the persistent poor pass rates, as these schools are not only shunned by qualified personnel, but also lack up-to-date reading and learning materials,” he said.
Mushohwe lamented that, though the government introduced the Presidential Computerisation Programme, some schools were yet to fully benefit from the exercise.
Mushohwe’s remarks come at a time when it is alleged that some un-electrified rural schools in the province have received computers.
Of the few electrified schools that received computers, the machines were stolen immediately after installation due to a lack of secure storage space.
Mavhudzi secondary school in Nyazura lost ten state-of-the-art computers to thieves.
“It is my conviction that investment in information and communications technology via the latest and affordable computing technologies would go a long way to easing the learning problems,” said Mushohwe.Post published in: News