It’s made even harder when tutors do not have the resources they need to do the work they have been assigned to do.
A number of teachers have to improvise to get their pupils a basic understanding of the things they teach them.
One ICT teacher has literally gone back to the drawing board to teach pupils in his class how to use a computer.
In an ideal situation, students would sit behind their computers while the teacher points out the various parts of whichever programme they are currently studying.
Making do with the resources available to him and determined not to let his charges fall behind, the teacher sketched an average Microsoft Word document on the chalkboard.
The parts of the window are labelled, enabling the students to get a fair idea of the various parts of a typical Word document.
The pupils follow suit, drawing their own makeshift computer screens in their books and scribbling down every pointer he gives.
Owura posted the pictures of the improvised ICT lesson on his Facebook page with the caption “Teaching of ICT in Ghana’s school is very funny. ICT on the board paa. I love ma students so have to do wat will make them understand Wat am teaching.”
While some Facebookers have praised his ingenuity in the face of the lack of resources, others have expressed dismay at the conditions pupils in rural Ghana have to deal with in their pursuit of knowledge.
Many schools in rural Ghana, including the Gbolo Alzariya English and Arabic Primary school in the Sagnarigu district of the Northern Region are without Information Communication and Technology (ICT) laboratories and tools.
The school’s headmistress, Madam Mahama Maria, revealed to Citi News in January that the only laptop used for teaching the pupils has not been functioning since 2015.
According to her, a philanthropist donated the said laptop to the school with a population of 430 students.
“It is a big problem for us that we have an ICT teacher in the school and yet there is no laptop for us to use and teach the students.”