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Govt unwraps IT literacy standards for Nigerian schools

Govt unwraps IT literacy standards for Nigerian schools
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The Federal Government has launched a new blueprint to provide a uniform standard for information technology (IT) education across Nigerian schools.[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, Minister of Education”]“the Ministry has provided requisite ICT infrastructure including access to the Internet to all schools under the Ministry’s purview as well as increased the number of ICT teachers at Federal Unity Colleges through the introduction of ICT conversion courses for science teachers. Notwithstanding the modest achievements made, there are the challenges of inadequacy of ICT infrastructure, including low bandwidth for Internet access, among others.” [/blockquote]

The Federal Ministry of Education, which unfolded the National Standards for IT Education document, which sets standards for the teaching and learning of IT at all levels, said the programme will promote IT education nationwide.

While launching the document at the 2014 Information Technology (IT) Professionals Assembly held in recently in Abuja, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, the Minister of Education, said that technology has changed the dynamics in the world of work.

ICT has also expanded social networking beyond borders as well as introduced new paradigms in education delivery and administration beyond the level ever envisaged, Wike said.

According to the Minister, the theme of the Assembly, “Harnessing the Potentials of IT Professionals for National Development” is timely and strategic as it aligns with the current drive by the Federal Government to integrate ICT into every sector of the economy, particularly the education sector.

Wike, represented at the event by MacJohn Nwaobiala, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, said that Government believes that successful contributions to meeting the Vision 20:2020 are most likely to be made through the development and deployment of ICT in education.

This explains why the Government decided to set up some initiatives that will increase access through distance learning to bring educational opportunities to the doorsteps of Nigerians of all ages.

According to the Minister, “the Ministry has provided requisite ICT infrastructure including access to the Internet to all schools under the Ministry’s purview as well as increased the number of ICT teachers at Federal Unity Colleges through the introduction of ICT conversion courses for science teachers. Notwithstanding the modest achievements made, there are the challenges of inadequacy of ICT infrastructure, including low bandwidth for Internet access, among others.”

Wike called on the public and private sectors to work together towards addressing the challenges in ICT infrastructure development in the country.

In a welcome address delivered at the occasion, Sekinat Yusuf, the Chairman of the Computer Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN), explained that the annual IT Professionals Assembly not only promotes the IT profession, but contributes significantly to formulation of IT policies in the country.

She also commended the efforts of government towards ensuring IT deployment in all the sectors of the economy, saying the body would continue to support government initiatives at promoting IT education.

 

 

 

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