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By Khulekani Mazibuko | Mar 11, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

"It is a mobile office."

That is how school principal Simon Dlamini described the Teachers' Laptop Programme he has been involved in for the past four months.

He said laptops decrease the administrative workload and help teachers to work effectively and efficiently.

Dlamini is principal of Ogwini High School in Umlazi and is one of 20 educators in the province who have been part of a private sector initiative to upgrade teachers' computer skills.

The process was started by Amaqhawe Technologies in November. They set up the training and provided participants with laptops at a reasonable price.

"We were reluctant in the beginning but decided to buy laptops for a few teachers who also underwent training on how to use the machines," Dlamini said.

"The use of the Internet helps us to visit the websites of various departments and allows us access to the latest teaching trends and policies."

Amaqhawe chief executive Themba Gcabashe said: "We chose to get involved because we wanted to assist in improving the skills of teachers.

"We believe in empowering the teacher first and then the learner. Technology helps teachers stay in tune with developments."

National Teachers Union deputy vice president Allen Thompson said they fully supported the intervention of the private sector.

"We believe all educators should become computer literate and that the Department of Education should liaise with local government to provide help to those schools that have no electricity," said Thompson.


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