The introduction of ICTs to our schools is creating new ways for students and teachers to engage in information selection, gathering, sorting and analysis. In addition, ICTs have the potential to enhance the management and administrative capacity of schools. This White Paper sets out Government's response to a new information and communication technology environment in education.
The e-Education policy provides a strategic framework for national co-ordination with the Presidential National Commission on Information Society and Development, the provincial education departrrients, other governmental departments, business and industry, non-profit organisations, higher education institutions, general and further education and training institutions, and local communities to implement e-Education
A number of ICT initiatives are being implemented across the length and breadth of the country. However, these initiatives have not yet reached every institution and district. Teacher access to ICTs is limited, even though, as evidence suggests, personal access has a strong influence on the quality of ICT integration into teaching and learning.
Government has the responsibility to ensure that the benefits of e-learning are enjoyed by all. An implementation strategy based on the principle of universal excellence for learners, teachers, managers and institutions should inform and direct all efforts. e-learning should be the mainstream activity of every institution and classroom.
The Department of Education, working with the private sector and social partners in the deployment of ICTs, will drive a system-wide campaign to maximise the benefits of e-learning to institutions, classrooms, learners, teachers, managers and communities.
From the initial provision of ICTs in education, sufficient enthusiasm, understanding and expertise has been generated to justify the move to a systemwide approach that will embed e-learning in ways that will benefit all learners and teachers across the education system.
The Department of Education will adopt a multi-pronged strategy for the gradual integration of ICTs at all levels of the education and training system. National targets will guide the implementation of the e-Education policy. Benchmarks and annual targets will be set for the following:
Government Gazette, 26 August 2004 no: 26734, https://www.gov.za