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Bridging the Digital Divide in Rural Schools: The Case of Mutiusinazita High School

By Isabel Magoge

Mutiusinazita High School, a rural day school in Buhera South, faces significant challenges in teaching and learning computer science. With only one computer teacher for 748 students, a high teaching load, and inadequate resources, the school struggles to provide quality computer education. This essay highlights the challenges faced by the school, the impact on the community and economy, and the need for government and policy responses to bridge the digital divide.


The school faces numerous challenges, including:

1. High teaching load, resulting in minimal teacher-learner interaction.

2. Inadequate computer resources, including a poorly furnished computer lab and minimal security.

3. Limited access to ICT equipment, Wi-Fi, and internet, hindering learners’ ability to acquire essential digital skills.

4. Inability to complete the curriculum content on time due to the high teaching load.

5. Low computer literacy among learners, affecting their ability to register for computer science exams and participate in e-commerce and marketing research.

Community and Economic Impact:

The challenges faced by Mutiusinazita High School have a significant impact on the community and economy, including:

1. Limited e-commerce opportunities due to reliance on primitive business methods.

2. Difficulty in conducting market research and fulfilling market trends.

3. Limited computer literacy, hindering students’ ability to intermingle with others at tertiary level.

Government and Policy Response:

To address these challenges, the government and policymakers must:

1. Introduce computer science as a compulsory subject in all learning institutions.

2. Donate ICT tools and equipment to schools.

3. Provide capacity-building programs for computer science teachers at tertiary level.

4. Install solar power systems in marginalized rural schools.

5. Conduct seminars, workshops, and lectures on computer teaching and application skills.

6. Deploy computer teaching staff in all learning institutions.


There is a need for urgent attention to address the digital divide in rural schools like Mutiusinazita High School. Mass staff training, deployment of staff, and donation or installation of ICT equipment are prerequisites to bridge the digital divide. The community and government must work together to ensure equal access to quality computer education for all.

Call to Action:

1. Communities should pay computer levies for their children in schools.

2. The government should conduct mass computer and human resource training in schools and other learning institutions.


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