…as AFRITEX holds Edtech summit
Stella Enenche, Abuja
The Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Education, Architect Sunny Echonu, has said that the federal government was assessing the level of preparedness of schools for resumption.
While stating that government was eager to reopen schools for pupils and students to resume studies, Echonu, however, maintained that the minimum guidelines prescribed by government must be met, before action is taken.
The permanent secretary, who spoke at the Edutech Summit organised by African Information Technology Exhibition Initiative (AFRITEX), Monday, in Abuja, also expressed worries over schools’ population, saying the development made it more imperative for adherence.
“We are keen and eager to reopen schools and alot has gone into planning for these, we met with examination bodies to try and see how we can synchronize the resumption of schools with external examinations.
“What we have not decided is the start date for the programme, and the obvious reason is that we are dotting our I’s on the figures and science.
“For as long as the infection rates and death rates rising we must make sure that the schools are ready before we reopen schools”, Echonu said.
Earlier in his welcome address the Lead Consultant, AFRITEX, Oworu Oyesola, appealed to government to provide assistance to ICT company, through policy initiative.
“AFRITEX is delighted to have all of you join the summit this morning, this event is focused on purely moving the education sector forward and to greater heights. Firstly, a big thank you to the Federal Ministry of Education, our collaborating partner and co-host for this Summit.
“As we all know, COVID-19 has catalyzed the largest online learning and remote working experience in history, countless industries have collectively started to consider whether it will be even possible to return to ’normal life’ after this. The discussions at this summit with the theme: “Emergency Response: EdTech for Teaching and Learning; will be focusing on the immediate effects, better approaches, analyse the possible Iong-term implications and share lessons learned as we enter an entirely new era”, Oyesola said.
According to him: “The Summit will showcase solutions, innovations, policies, companies and Institutions that are leading the way within this changing environment. We hope that by curating a series of ideas and connecting our national and international learning and technology ecosystem virtually and physically we can come together to help further accelerate change across the industry.
“Time will fail me to recognize and mention names, the hardworking techpreneurs we have in this country, who have built innovative and adaptive software solutions and applications shaping and transforming our educational system in a bid to better prepare Nigerians to meet the global demand and future of work. Just know that we see your impact, and are very proud to have such skillful and talented solution builders like you”.
Also speaking, The Vice Chancellor of Covenant University, Prof Atayero, urged the National Universities Commission (NUC), to evolve guidelines and regulations to guide virtual teaching and learning in the light of current realities.
He said “Knowing that lecturers can teach from any part of the world, the NUC need still retain their parameters for Accreditation saying there is need for NUC to review their current parameter”.
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