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Some loath to use them as teaching tool

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Jan. 27, 2011) – In Samoa, some teachers are afraid to use computers to teach their students, a community leader has said.

Chief Executive officer of Computer Service Limited (CSL), Laeimau Oketevi Tanuvasa said this is what she picked up during a Ministry of Education Sports and Culture conference at the EFKS Youth Hall, last week.

Laeimau who was the keynote speaker asked participants to indicate who was using computers to teach their students.

"Five or six said they were fearful of using it and it was a reflection that concerned me, she said. I had an idea there were many computers available but the teachers were not using them because they were afraid."

One of the reasons why they are afraid is because they don’t know how to use them. Many teachers enquired about computer training.

Another reason, she found, was that some teachers are afraid computers might replace them.

"Computers can never replace teachers, Laeimau said. But here is an emphasis for Samoa; to move forward, it’s important that technology ICT (Information, communication technology), in whatever form, is introduced to primary level."

Laeimau said the problem was the teachers were too focused on teaching the tool rather than using it to teach.

Training, she said, was the only way to help them face their fear.

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