Was it only lip service?

Sunday, May 15th, 2011 | education, ICT in Africa

During a recent round table discussion on ICT support for teaching and learning, the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, said that an urgent need exists to further explore information and communication technologies (ICTs) to support administration, teaching and learning in schools.

Yet, during her budget speech no announcement was made about the availability of funds to make ICT in schools a reality.  The saying “put your money where your mouth is” comes to mind.

Or was it merely a case of …

... paying lip service to the use of technology in schools?

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5 Comments to Was it only lip service?

Mark C
Monday, 16 May, 2011

It seems that way. I can see those who have surviving on using ICT, but those who don’t?

Essay Writer
Thursday, 19 May, 2011

The government should keep their promise and invest some money for the purpose of education.

Mark C
Friday, 20 May, 2011

Back to the chalkboard with laptop and mobile phone in hand.

Gail Ahrends
Friday, 20 May, 2011

I was visiting schools this week which are really outlaying and about four hours away from the city. Through the Khanya project these learners have now access to the computer technology. The schools have also been innovative, in getting wireless internet access through Vodacom, after having only dial up for all these years.

Unfortunately the technology is now nearly ten years old and at times learners cannot access the curriculum software. That really makes me sad. My question is thus: How is the education department going to upgrade the technology at these schools, is there a plan of action??

Friday, 27 May, 2011

Lip service is an idiom meaning ‘giving approval or support insincerely’ (Concise Oxford Dictionary).

Could this be from a servant of the child?

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