Schools Struggle to Foster ICT in Education due to Lack of ICT Teachers


The European Commission recently published a report called Key Data on Learning and Innovation through ICT at school in Europe, which reveals that young Europeans use computers mostly for entertainment and rarely for school-related work.

This information does not seem to be directly linked to a lack of ICT equipment or of national strategies: at least 50% of students attend schools where one computer is available for every two pupils, while all European countries provide their own strategies to foster the use of ICT in education. On the contrary, the report shows that teachers’ ICT professional development is one of the main obstacles to students’ digital literacy. Further obstacles include:

  • Schools often face a real difficulty in recruiting qualified ICT teachers and ICT support staff
  • In most countries there is a lack of on-the-job training
  • Teachers usually acquire ICT-related skills during their initial training, but further professional development is less common but needed

Click here for Key Data on Learning and Innovation through ICT at school in Europe