Functioning of ICT@7500 School Programme as perceived by the Head masters of secondary schools
Dr. G Srilatha
ICT@School programme introduced by the government of India at National wide from 2004 onwards. Technology is used as one or the other form of educational process from LKG onwards. Technology hasnít penetrated as much as it should be even at secondary school level due to various reasons. Utilization of technology in the schools has become necessity in the present context as the whole world is technodriven for providing quality education and smooth governance. The study investigated the perception of headmaster on computer education programme. For this selected 20Head master from 15Zilla parishat and 5 Government secondary schools of five different mandal form Waranagl district at randomly. A questionnaire was developed and validated through expert judgement. Findings confirm that the 41% of computer not functioning in the school, Insufficient no of computer, electricity problem, no funds for repairs & maintainace, not qualified instructor for this programme. Just above 50% of the schools are running the computer education programme satisfactorily. Based on the finding some suggestion they were made which include it should be implemented from the primary level onwards. Number of computer supplied is not sufficient for the students, as per the student strength it should be provided @ the ratio of 1:5. Computers can be used not only for imparting basic skills of computer but also teaching and learning process. Now- a- days E-learning and M-learning are taking place all over the world. High speed Internet connection should be provided to all the schools to meet the requirements of the computer education programme. Instead of buying Desktop, good quality laptops/palmtops may be supplied to overcome the electric city problem, space and threatened problems. In view of the explosion of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), every student needs to become a computer-literate and the Govt has to consider the computer education programme as a priority programmme and necessary instructions need to be given to all the states that each teacher should be a computer literate and the usage of computer for teaching and learning process in the class rooms is must.