The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono, has inaugurated a Standing Committee on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for the Ministry of Education.
A statement by the Deputy Director Press and Public Relations Mr Ben Bem Goong indicates that the Committee is to work out modalities to tackle the numerous ICT-related challenges of the education sector and remove the obstacles to the establishment of ‘proper ICT projects in the sector’.
Performing the inauguration ceremony in Abuja, Echono stressed the need for the Committee to focus on tackling the issues of low ICT literacy among teachers and students; lack of reliable education data; Out- of -School children; outdated ICT curriculum; poor internet connectivity; inadequate ICT infrastructure, under-utilization of ICT infrastructure and lack of effective collaboration among the Ministry’s agencies.
Mr Echono urged the Committee which is also responsible for data gathering towards creating a unified Education Database, to make concerted efforts at ensuring the delivery of qualitative evidence-based education in the country.
The Terms of Reference for the Committee include : setting up a digital literacy training standard for the sector; recommending valuable ICT projects that will enhance teaching and learning at tertiary level; coordinate ICT curriculum planning and alignment; make recommendations that will restructure and enable the Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgRen) among others.
The Committee Chairman and Director of ICT department of the Ministry, Alh. Abubakar Isah, tasked the Committee to evolve strategies to improve digital literacy, build the capacity of teachers as well as solve the issues of inadequate and under-utilisation of ICT resources in the education sector.
Alhaji Abubakar explained that the Ministry personnel must embrace the enormous advantages offered by ICT facilities in order to change the way of doing things’ especially migrating from analogue to digital procedures which guarantees rapid and accurate results.