NERDC launches study app for basic schools

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja

The Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council NERDC has launched an e-Soft interactive digital learning software  containing its curriculums for pupils of junior secondary schools nationwide .

The NERDC said the application was a means to allow school pupils benefit from the use of Information and Communication Technology to learn and study the curriculums of their various subjects.

The NERDC Executive Secretary, Prof Ismail Junaidu, represented by Dr Eleri Out-Eleri, Director, Library and Informatics Centre, said the application developed with StudyMate, was the evolution of “educational materials from the traditional format to the electronic format in a bid to harness the potential of ICT in education.”

Junaidu said, “The Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) is a Federal Government Agency with the statutory responsibility, as spelt out in Act 53 of 1988, to: Develop, review and enrich curriculum at all levels of education in Nigeria; Undertake, regulate and promote book development, and local authorship for quality assurance; Conduct educational research for public policy formulation and implementation; Develop Nigerian Languages and promote other languages to enhance education and for public use; develop instructional  materials and new techniques for effective curriculum delivery; encourage, promote and coordinate educational research programmes carried out in Nigeria; periodically compile and publish a list of research projects; compile, publish and relation to Nigerian educational problems and the popularization of such results where their recognition is, in the Council’s opinion, of national importance; establish and maintain a research library to which new educational books and other related publications may be deposited.

The e-Soft Content Limited Convener, Mr Thomas Ukuedojor, said the government should assist the millions of pupils of public secondary schools particularly to have access to the application to enhance their educational performance.

He said: “Our belief is that if our children can retain knowledge, then they can perform better. To pass an examination, pupils don’t have to cram things. They just need to learn. The pupils now have an educational content where they can feel, touch and watch. This application will help pupils assimilate better and perform better.”