By Felix Khanoba
The Federal Government has launched a new national policy on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the nation’s education sector to bring about modern teaching and learning in schools across the country.
Launching the policy in Abuja on Monday, Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, said the ICT policy would be integrated into schools’ curriculum.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary of the education ministry, Arch. Sonny Echono, Adamu said no nation can function effectively in today’s world without being ICT compliant.
“ICT has redefined efficiency and productivity and changed the dynamics of the world of work.
“ It has also expanded social networking beyond borders, introduced new paradigms in education delivery and administration beyond the level ever envisaged, and affected every sector of the of the world economy,” he said.
The minister said the new policy provides the needed guidance on expectations from all stakeholders in the entire process of ICT integration.
“Its implementation therefore, should lead to a speedy transformation of teaching, learning, research and administration.
“This in turn should ensure that graduates at all levels of education possess the required competencies for socio-economic development, global competitiveness and self-reliance,” he added.
In his own speech, read by the Director, ICT, Mr Abubakar Isah, the Permanent Secretary, said the event was strategic as ICT can be used as a tool to surmount challenges in human capital development.
He said a multi-sectoral approach that involved the federal and states ministry of education, private sector and other professional bodies was adopted in the entire process of the policy and its guidelines.