Senator Rose Oko, representing Cross River North Senatorial District, has advocated for the government through Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) to examine the feasibility and adopt the policy of education technology in promoting e-learning, especially at the basic education level.
Oko, who has championed many bills in the National Assembly has been worried by the decay in education in Nigeria arising from multiple factors such as lack of access to education, infrastructure, instructional materials, qualified teachers together with dearth of teachers.
She also decried the low attention being giving to education sector compared to other sectors in Nigeria.
The one time Deputy Chairman House Committee on Education, noted that though the nation may be reaping bountifully well from the oil and gas sector, that it’s paramount for government to step up a process of promoting of digital education that would help to expand the scope of knowledge of every Nigerian student.
“Notes that developments globally and in Nigeria, in particular, have shown that oil alone cannot catapult Nigeria economically into world prominence, but a massification to unleash the power of information technology through e-learning by its young, digitally-savvy, English speaking youths.
“Besides, being the largest economy in sub-saharan Africa, Nigeria must capitalise on its huge human capital and employ recent innovations in education technology of e-learning to massively improve the skills of its workforce, including its teachers, service sector workers, infrastructures, finance, IT, private sector workers and very importantly students.
“With the advent of the internet and large number of users in Nigeria (93 million users) education and skills development can now be delivered in smart phones, tablets and laptop computers, where in-classroom teaching and learning can be blended with and supported by new learning technologies to greatly improve learning outcome and career readiness with industry relevant skills to secure jobs and increase productivity.
“Nigeria must use the opportunity of e-learning to bridge the gap in teacher professional development in basic education in particular and its use in e-learning by students in general.