Mr Stephan Mgaya (TERNET)
This e-readiness Survey is conducted by Tanzania Education and Research Network (TERNET) among Tanzanian higher learning institutions to establish the preparedness of those institutions in the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The survey focuses in achieving the actual capability of each and every individual institutions readiness in the use ICT in education. The E-readiness survey is being carried out among 60 institution in Tanzania. It was scheduled for three months between October to December 2014, hence, it is in its final stages. The survey is grouped into four categories related to network access, networked learning, networked society, and policy. The categories were further broken down into nine indicators: communication infrastructures, Internet availability, Internet affordability, network speed, enhancing education with ICT, developing the ICT workforce, people and organizations online, locally relevant contents, and ICT in everyday life. Through the collected data, we observe that
- Institutions outside the Dar Es Salaam city has major challenges in terms of Internet availability, affordability and speed.
- Most of smaller institutions or campuses outside Dar Es Salaam have budgetary challenges as well lack of qualified ICT technical staff.
- ICT policy and strategic plan is missing in most institutions
- Establishing awareness – questions leading to understanding how much the institutions know about TERNET.
- Management part – collecting information about the institutions (CEO, IT Manager, Finance, contact person, etc)
- Technical part – this relates to the four categories and the various groups.
Dr Amos Nungu (TERNET)
Mr Damas Makweba (TERNET)