Computers can’t replace teachers, says minister

DUBAI — Human resources, especially teachers, constitute the core of development and are being given top priority in educational policies across the world, Minister of Education Dr Hanif Hassan stated yesterday.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Wed 9 Jan 2008, 8:59 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:47 PM

“The race for providing the highly expensive technology should go hand in hand with training and rehabilitation of teachers. Computers and other audio-visual aids can’t replace teachers. They are nothing more than tools to communicate the information smoothly and easily to students,” he said.

The minister, who is currently taking part in an international conference on education and technology here, stressed that extensive training courses organised by his ministry for its resources, mainly principals, are part of a policy to develop human capital capable of ushering the learning process into future and achieving educational objectives.

He acknowledged that budgets allocated by Third World countries to training, research and development were meagre in comparison with those of advanced nations.

“Educational institutions are expected to be more dynamic and open to modernisation in order to address and handle breakthroughs in the knowledge and information technology sectors as technology has proven to be one of the key solutions to many bottlenecks and problems facing education from textbooks and curricula to self-education.

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