Teachers’ ICT Adoption in South African Rural Schools: A Study of Technology Readiness and Implications for the South Africa Connect Broadband Policy

This 2019 paper argues that teacher training and empowerment requirements will have to be addressed to meet the teaching and learning objectives of South Africa Connect, the country’s national broadband policy of 2013, in rural schools (the policy mandates the introduction of a broadband connection with a download speed of at least 100 Mbps to every primary and secondary schools as part of an initiative to ensure the countrywide availability of broadband internet access by the year 2030). Many teachers have expressed discomfort with the challenges inherent in the teaching of learners via ICTs, their ability to fix the technical problems, and having the necessary personal ICT skills to use ICTs for learning.