The Kaduna State Government on Friday began training of 13,000 Senior Secondary School teachers across the state on information and Communication Technology (ICT), under its secondary school e-learning project.
Malam Idris Aliyu, Deputy Director Schools, in the state Ministry of Education, Science and Technology made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna.
Aliyu told NAN at Kaduna ICT Hub, venue of the training, that the move was part of government efforts to expose students and teachers to ICT, so as not to lag behind in the current ICT-driven world.
He said that the training was to get the teachers ready for the take-off of the Senior Secondary School e-learning project across the state in September.
NAN recalled that the state government had earlier announced plans to distribute computer tablets to all senior secondary school students in the state under its e-learning project.
Aliyu said that 10,000 tablets, uploaded with over 300 books are ready for distribution under the first phase of the distribution exercise when school resumes in September.
“We will start with SS I female students in all girls’ boarding school in the state and subsequently, we will expand to the boys until eventually each of our SS I students has a computer tablets.
“The next batch will be SS II students, followed by SS III and hopefully by the end of 2018, all our secondary school students will have a computer tablets, “he said.
While commending Gov Nasir El-Rufai for the laudable initiative, Aliyu pointed out that the project would only be successful when all teachers are ICT compliant.
“This is why we are training the teachers before school resume in September, such that as soon as the student are back in school, we will distributed the tablets to the teachers and student and they will all be on the same page.
Some of the teachers participating in the training described the initiative as “commendable”, following the increasing students’ interest in ICT gadgets and the declining interest on reading hard copy books.
One of them, Mercy Kure, a teacher with Queen Amina College Kaduna, said that the e-learning facility would attract the students and encourage them to read because of the current trend of love for ICT gadgets.
“The e-learning initiative is a positive investment that would surely improve teaching and learning in secondary schools, particularly now that students are losing interest in hard copy educational materials.
“For the teachers it is a job made easy, because books that are not available in libraries or even when they are could not go round are now uploaded in the computer tablets, and the teacher will carry every students along, “Kure said.
For Mohammed Yahaya, of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Tudun Nupawa, Kaduna, “the initiative will exposed the students and teachers to ICT, and equally improve their skills on how to use ICT gadget for knowledge acquisition.”