Second Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Elsie Addo Awadzi has underscored the need for more investments to be made in technology to ensure economic growth.
Madam Elsie Addo Awadzi believes though the COVID-19 pandemic gave rise to the use of technology, there are some gaps in access to it.
Delivering her speech as the Guest of honor at the 75th anniversary launch of the University of Ghana, Elsie Addo Awadzi urged current managers of the university to come up with more innovations and strategies to improve effective teaching and learning.
“The pandemic underscored the importance of constant investments into the future to build resilience and strong safety nets in order to reduce inequities and exclusion from our socio-economic development efforts. While technology enabled the adaptations that were necessary to reduce the fallout from the pandemic including the impact on teaching and learning, existing gaps in access to technology introduced disparities in the extent to which some were able to cope with disruptions from the pandemic. For example, students who had no access to electronic devices and/or had no access to cost-effective and reliable internet connectivity to support their online learning were suddenly facing new hurdles in pursuing their educational dreams.
It is against this backdrop that the big push for investments in technology to promote resilience going forward and in a human-centred manner is critical. Equitable access to reliable and cost-effective technology will go a long way to promote teaching and learning in a more sustainable manner and ensure than no one is left behind,’ she said.
She also called on management of the university to introduce courses which will equip students with the right knowledge to address current economic and social issues the country is facing.