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Sanwo-Olu reiterates plan to digitise learning in public, private schools

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Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu. PHOTO: Twitter/jidesanwoolu

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has pledged to digitise learning process in both public and private schools in the state.

Besides, he said the state would leverage technology and Internet connectivity to deliver quality education to pupils in public schools in line with Goals 4, 9, and 10 of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Sanwo-Olu stated this at the Concordia Summit, a high power global side forum at the ongoing 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, United States (U.S.)

The governor joined three other panellists in the event that focused on the theme: Building Resilient Economies on the Basis of Education, Technology and Access.

In a statement, Sanwo-Olu said Lagos would be witnessing fundamental transformation in the deployment of technology to deliver quality services in different sectors of the state’s economy.

He said the state had finalised partnership agreement with an international tech-based education consultant to begin the process of digitising school curriculum to promote accountability in the delivery of quality education.

“Lagos has a huge statistics in school distribution, which is greater than the total number of schools in some smaller African countries. Despite this huge number in supply, there is a little challenge in delivering quality instruction.

“We have been designing a process that will be leveraging technology as key enabler to upscale quality and promote openness in the delivery of education curriculum.

“We are on the verge of digitising the school curriculum. This effort is being done in partnership with an international tech-based education consultant, which has elements of success in deploying tech tools to deliver quality and affordable education. We are embarking on extensive teachers’ training to ensure that the projected outcomes of this innovation are achieved. All of these are set in motion to boost human recourses, which would result in increased productivity and the resilience of the Lagos economy,” Sanwo-Olu said.

Public schools, the governor pointed out, would also have access to the Internet infrastructure to aid teaching and learning through tech devices that would be supplied later to the schools.

He said the tools would allow the government to determine the aptitude of individual pupils and monitor their academic progress, adding that private schools would be co-opted into the new system to ensure uniformity in learning culture.

“We are digitising the learning culture in our schools for them to be run in line with our education objectives,” the governor said.

We want all schools to develop the same learning content, which would bridge the gap of quality and create the same output at the end of the term. It will also allow us to check private schools to ensure that they are teaching from the curriculum we have agreed,” the governor said.

Sanwo-Olu also said that the ongoing deployment of metropolitan fibre optics by his administration in collaboration with a leading telecommunication firm would stabilise Internet connectivity required by tech start-ups as well as Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to boost e-commerce and increase access to healthcare across state.


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