I remember it vividly, it was somewhere in the 90s, when ICT was been introduced into our educational syllables. I was then in my first year in our current Senior High Sch(shs). It was a compulsory subject in addition to our elective subjects, meaning it was not optional. Due to lack of equipment like computers and its accessories the classes take turns.
Our administration block has come out with a very long timetable as to when and how these terms applied. Pasted on our notice board. It was then the duty of every class prefect to study the schedules and communicate with its class members when it was ICT lesson.
Haha, you are wondering why am jiggling I guess. Every time our class enter for ICT lessons, we quarry over the used of computers. The computer laboratory was equipped with only ten(10) working computer as against 45 students in a class. Technically, it was 4. 5 students per a computer. This 4 is to 5 students with a computer turns thus became impossible because we only had an hour and a half for ICT lesson.
So while the brave one's got the opportunity to use the computer practical, the less brave are left to study only the manual. Its was a force to reckon with this ICT lesson. Hopefully, we all did that and finally graduated less experience in ICT, ha. Personally, my ICT development got a little rooted when I got enrolled as a student in Egmont højskole far away in Denmark. I did only two semesters, but by the time I graduated I was very Hopeful in ICT. There, I become a madam of ICT. I could then design a leaflet, website, etc. I could maneuver myself around word, excel and all related programs. At Egmont Højskole ICT lesson became pleasurable. The computer laboratory was a computer to a student and sometimes two computers to a student he he.
Finally, I graduated and returned home back to Ghana. Week one no ICT lessons, week two no practices, one month, two, and six months no ICT practices. At this point all my ICT skills starts leaving me. When I got a computer later down memory lane I try to practice, but unfortunately a lots left me. I can still do something's anyway like using of the word software etc. However, my website designing skills has completely left me.
When its comes to ICT, I am so proud how far I have come along. Its ICT that has helped me come to know world pulse, with ICT I can connect with friends and love ones through social media's. I also market myself, products and organization on social media's. ICT has made our world today a global village. At the comfort of your home you can pay bills, access your account in the bank, transfer money to love ones and friend, organise trips, book flight tickets etc. All these is thanks to ICT.
Nevertheless, my heart is saddened when I reflect on the bad aspect of it. Today, due to excessive knowledge about ICT we got hackers. Who can sit behind the computer and defraud innocent victims of their monies. The other vice's of ICT is the pornographic aspect of it. Now, school children are at risk all the time for the fear their classmates showing them such images and videos :-(.
Then again the misused of the social media's by both employers and employees. While employers used it to check the records of their innocent future employees. Employees also waste unnecessary time spend here, leading to low productivity at work. What a shame!
My question now is, Is ICT a curse or a blessing? Let's debate around this question my dear sisters.