An Investigation into whether access to quality education can be better met with the use of e-learning, analysing rural and urban schools. A Case of Zimbabwe

Mavhemwa, Prudence. (2017) An Investigation into whether access to quality education can be better met with the use of e-learning, analysing rural and urban schools. A Case of Zimbabwe.

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Abstract

Zimbabwe is committed to transforming teaching and learning at all levels of education through the introduction of e-learning. However, the successful introduction of e-learning into basic education depends largely on the availability of ICT infrastructure and the capacity of teachers and students to use them. Using some selected rural and urban secondary schools in some parts of Zimbabwe as a case study, this study investigates the accessibility of e-learning infrastructure among students and teachers of rural and urban schools. It was found that access to e-learning resources by teachers and students was inadequate. Nonetheless, there were differences in access to e-learning resources between students and teachers of rural and urban schools. Students of urban schools had more access to e-learning resources and therefore had more access to quality education than their rural counterparts. Young teachers of urban schools were also more likely to have access to e-learning resources than those of rural schools. This digital divide was largely due to rural communities not being able to afford the resources and poor infrastructure development and urban schools staffed with teachers that were trained in the pre-computer era. It is recommended that the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education provides all basic schools across the country with ICT infrastructure. Also, efforts should be made to build the capacity of all teachers in order to facilitate the efficient introduction of e-learning in education like the initiative made by Higherlife Foundation to train Basic ICT Skills to teachers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: E-learning,Information and Communication Technologies,Education
Divisions: Universities > State Universities > Bindura University of Science Education
Depositing User: Mr. Edmore Sibanda
Date Deposited: 14 May 2018 09:05
Last Modified: 14 May 2018 09:05
URI: http://researchdatabase.ac.zw/id/eprint/6304

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