Jigawa to distribute 7,000 computers to students
The Jigawa Government on Sunday said it had purchased 7,000 computers for senior secondary school students in the state.
The State Governor, Alhaji Muhammad Badaru, disclosed this at the inauguration of a Remedial Programme and Pilot Testing of E-Learning Approach in Dutse.
Badaru said that although 20,000 computers were required by the students, government had purchased only 7,000 for now.
He said that one computer would be assigned to three students until the remaining 13,000 computers were delivered to the government.
Badaru said that steps were being taken to prepare and train students on digital technology.
According to him, examination bodies in Nigeria are gradually shifting from papers and pen examination to computer-based tests.
The governor also said that his administration spent N500 million on payment of various examination fees for more that 118,000 candidates in 2015.
Badaru said plans were underway to ensure that all schools in the state, from primary to tertiary institutions, embraced electronic-learning.
Earlier in her remarks, the State Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Rabi Ishaq, said that the introduction of remedial programme would help to improve quality of education in the senior secondary school.
Ishaq said that only six per cent of the students that sat for West African Examination Council (WAEC) in 2015 obtained five credits including Mathematics and English.
She said that the statistics showed that the students had not been learning well, hence the decision of the state government to urgently intervene.
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