CHALLENGES OF IMPLEMENTING ICT CURRICULUM IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN DAR ES SALAAM

Authors

  • Kassimu A. Nihukaa
  • Florence Peter

Abstract

 The study reported in this paper investigated challenges facing implementation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) which is famously known in Kiswahili as Teknolojia ya Habari na Mawasiliano (TEHAMA) curriculum in primary schools in Dar es Salaam. The study used case study research design and a total of 206 respondents comprising of 106 pupils and 98 teachers from 15 primary schools drawn from the districts in Dar es Salaam region participated in the study. Structured questionnaires were used to collect data from teachers and pupils. Analysis of data through the Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) has shown that there are several challenges facing effective implementation of ICT curriculum in primary schools in Dar es Salaam. The challenges include   unwillingness of some teachers to teach ICT, lack of interest to teach ICT, lack of ICT literacy among teachers and pupils, lack of pedagogical knowledge and limited access to ICT facilities by most teachers and pupils.  The study concludes that, successful implementation of ICT curriculum in primary schools in Tanzania is still a challenging endeavour. It is therefore recommended that  efforts should be made to redress the identified challenges and that further researh should be conducted to evaluate a professional development programme that is developed to promote primary school teachers‟ pedagogical knowledge so that they can exploit and implement ICT currciulum more efficiently and effectively in primary schools in Tanzania.    

Author Biographies

Kassimu A. Nihukaa

The Open University of Tanzania, Institute of Continuing Education

Florence Peter

The Open University of Tanzania, Candidate, Med (APPS), Faculty of Education,  

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Published

2014-06-06