TEACHERS IN HINTERLANDS HANG MOBILE PHONES ON TREES TO ACCESS INTERNET IN SISSALA EAST

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Even though mobile usage has gone up in Ghana and the world, internet connectivity and higher charges for data is keeping a lot more people out of the digital world especially among rural workers like teachers in Kuroboi in the Sissala East district.
The difficulty for teachers who are posted to hinterlands in the Sissala East District to have access to internet has forced some to hang mobile phones on trees to browse without fear of any adversity.
Radford News on Tuesday sighted an episode where teachers hanged android phones on a Shea tree and waiting for data services to google information to help in their research for better teaching and learning as well as send and receive messages on social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp,viber at Kuroboi Basic School.
When they were asked as to whether there is no network coverage, the teachers told Radford News they are able to make calls but cannot access the internet and the alternative is to hang their phones on trees to get access to internet and possible download what they cannot wait to access.
Large areas in the Sissala area remains without mobile telephony let alone internet, and this continuous to affect many rural folks like teachers who teach in community schools. They lack what their colleagues in other areas do with the presence of internet and this is affecting the teaching of information communication technology.” One of the teachers said that in climbing the tree one can slip and fall off apart from keeping the phone in the sun once it is tied to the shear tree just to get internet”

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