A Standing Committee on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for the Federal Ministry of Education has been inaugurated.
Inaugurating the Committee in Abuja, the Permanent Secretary of Ministry, Arc. Sonny Echono, said 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 for the Nigerian education sector.
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the issues of low ICT literacy among teachers and students; lack of reliable education data; Out- of -School children; outdated ICT curriculum; poor internet connectivity; inadequate ICT infrastructure, under-utilization of ICT infrastructure and lack of effective collaboration among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 of digital literacy training standard for the sector; recommendation of 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 the ICT department of the Ministry, 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.
Abubakar called on the Ministry personnel to embrace the enormous advantages offered by ICT facilities to change the way of solving problems, especially migrating from analogue to digital procedures which guarantees rapid and accurate results.