THE divide between wealthier and poorer schools in terms of the quality of education offered is well documented. Only about a quarter of learners attend schools that perform satisfactorily by local and international standards. The rest are in schools that perform below standards, particularly in maths and science.The reasons for this are complex and vary from school to school. But they boil down to a combination of resources, teacher content knowledge and the abilities of the teacher to use both in their teaching practices. Some schools have this "magical" combination in abundance, while many others, far too many others, are lacking.Understandably, digital education has been heralded as a solution that could level the playing field. At its best, digital education can make good quality education accessible to larger numbers of learners more quickly. That is the rationale behind the government’s recent plan to accelerate the roll-out of information communication technologies (ICTs) na...

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