Rwanda | Nyamasheke: One Laptop per Child Program needs more improvement
A limitation of laptops maintenance which is decreasing the number of laptops among children has brought some mismanagement, whereas one laptop is used by many children contrary to the expectations of the program.
When a team of parliamentarians in education, culture, youth and sports sector visited the school with this program of Group Scholaire of Nyanza that is located in Bushekeri sector in Nyamasheke district, a group of 6- 8 children students were found each using one laptop in Primary four.
Andre Ngwabije a computer science teacher at this school said that these laptops get to a period and shut down with their operating program expired and they have no means to renew these programs.
This maintenance problem requires the Rwanda Examination Board (REB) to keep renewing these programs for a smooth running of One Laptop per Child Program.
Athanase Hamenyimana the education officer in Nyamasheke district said that about 581 laptops were given to this school but only 37 are operating. To solve this problem, teachers are to be taught how to renew these programs or this problem to be addressed by IT service in the district.
Teachers say that though these laptops are good for the students, it would be better if they included Kinyarwanda dictionary alongside another language instead of foreign languages of which students do not understand well.