EIFL press release (Ghana media): Mobile library project leads to big rise in pass rates for school ICT exams

EIFL-supported project leads to 45% increase in ICT exam pass rates in just four years

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DATE:
July 2020
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8 July 2020, Accra - There has been a dramatic increase in the pass rates of children who wrote ICT in the B.E.C.E. at schools that took part in an exciting mobile library project in four regions of Ghana. The project used low-powered laptops, solar panels and modem internet to give practical ICT classes.

Exam pass rate figures from schools reached by the mobile libraries from 2016 to 2019 show that the project helped over 3,200 students to pass the ICT exam. In 2019, 84% of children who gained practical computer skills passed the ICT exam - an increase from 45% in 2015 before the project started. The project was a partnership between Ghana Library Authority (GhLA) and the international nongovernmental agency, EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries). As the positive exam result rates increased, the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), came on board, enabling the GhLA to transform the service into a sustainable project across ten regions of Ghana.

“This project has been a great success, we have seen how access to technology and practical classes not only provided students with skills for the future, but has inspired and motivated them to learn further. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated to us the importance of technology for learning and communications. GIFEC looks forward to expanding this project into the future and helping more students achieve better results in their B.E.C.E,” said Hayford Siaw, Executive Director, Ghana Library Authority.