Osun to launch Smart Schools Initiative

Gboyega Oyetola, Governor of Osun State

The government of Osun State, as part of its efforts to deliver qualitative and functional education, is set to launch the Smart Schools Initiative, towards making Osun schools competitive and 21st century compliant.

The Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode, disclosed this through a press statement.

The initiative which has Teacher’s Digital Empowerment (TDE) as part of its offsprings, will include the reconfiguration of 5000 Opon-Imo tablets for distribution to teachers.

Recall that the Technical Committee on Education Review in the State, chaired by Professor Olu Aina, had recommended the retention and restructuring of the Tablet of Knowledge, otherwise known as Opon Imo, as part of the necessary restructuring in the education sector of the State.

According to Egbemode, “The government of the State of Osun is introducing Smart School Initiatives to digitalise and make the education sector of the state compliant with the 21st-century education system.

“Part of the derivatives of this initiative is the reconfiguration of 5000 tablets of knowledge (opon-imo) to serve as teachers’ instructional aid, creation of School Management Systems and digital content to enhance digital literacy in schools, training of teachers in modern pedagogy and training of principals in modern school administration and classroom management, among other initiatives.

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“The government is also embarking on the renovation of 30 schools this year, across the three education districts in the State – Osun East, Osun West and Osun Central districts. This is to salvage schools that are beginning to fall apart

“All these are part of the mandate of the Governor Adegboyega Oyetola’s administration to provide 21st century qualitative and functional education that will produce market-ready, market-relevant and globally competitive graduates who will be problem solvers, critical thinkers and innovators.”

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