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We’ve Not Jettison ‘Opon Imo’, Says Osun Education Commissioner

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L-R: Osun Commissioner for Education, Hon. Folorunsho Bamisayemi and Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs. Funke Egbemode during the Inter-ministerial Press Briefing

By Deborah Oladejo,  Osogbo

Osun State Commissioner for Education, Hon. Folorunsho Bamisayemi has said the state has not abandoned the “Tablet of Knowledge” otherwise known as “Opon Imo” introduced by the Rauf Aregbesola’s administration.

The commissioner said the present government in the state has been working on how to develop a robust Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy for education.

He noted that before something as sensitive as technology could be fully introduced to schools, there is need to build the capacity of both teachers and students through a robust ICT so that the idea won’t be a wasted venture.

Fielding questions from journalists at the Ministerial Press Briefing for Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government, organised by the Ministry of Information and Civic Orientation on Wednesday, Bamisayemi said the state government has also been working on moves to introduce digital and virtual teaching.

He said: “We must realize that it is more than just introducing a tablet, it must be well-coordinated through a policy that must pass through all the necessary process that will make it work effectively and stand the test of time.

“We have not jettisoned the popular ‘Opon Imo’ introduced by the immediate past administration, we are working to improve on it through a well-coordinated ICT policy on education.

“This administration recognizes the fact that digital and virtual teaching is the main thing worldwide, we are also working along that line with a method that will be all-encompassing. We don’t want something that will not stand the test of time, it must be what everyone can relate with.

“It is not something that can be done in isolation but must be well-coordinated, it will interest you to know that we are recruiting ICT inclined teachers in the ongoing teacher’s recruitment exercise, this is because we already have a plan towards digital teaching.”

Earlier in her welcome address, the state Commissioner for information and Civic Orientation, Mrs. Funke Egbemode reiterated the commitment of Governor Gboyega Oyetola’s administration to continue to make programmes and policies that will be of great benefit to the people.

She appreciated journalists in the state for their love and support to the Oyetola’s administration in the last two and half years.

 

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