The emergence of Universal Basic Education Commission Smart School Program is driven by the fallout from the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic which lead to the lockdown of the country and closure of schools for nearly one year.
The Executive Secretary, Dr Hamid Boboyi disclosed this at the ground breaking ceremony of the UBEC Modern Smart School Program in Hadeja, Jigawa state over the weekend.
The “Smart Schools” were designed in categories to boost the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) for teaching and learning with an estimated cost of N350, Million per school for the state model while the Zonal model with more capacity and ICT infrastructure would cost 600 million to serve each of the six geopolitical zones in the country.
Bobboyi explained that during the period of COVID-19 lockdown, learners all over the country were at home and not learning because the face to face learning approach is the primary mode of delivering content to learners.
The ES said, it is necessary to prepare for any situation that could arise to disrupt the teaching and learning process.
He stressed that digital and e- learning platforms provide opportunities for both teachers and learners without the constraint of time and space.
He explained that it is expected thatdeployment of technology for instructional delivery would significantly increase the quality of basic education indeed the Nations learning outcomes.
He explained that UBEC Smart Schools are currently at the completion stages, the plan is that before the end of this year most, if not all would commence academic activities.
“It is my expectation that the standard we are jointly setting up would be sustained and improved upon so as to meet the schools objectives”, he said.
He specifically thanked the Governor Alhaji Mohammed Badaru not only for the prompt response for land for the project but also granting UBEC permission to organize the groundbreaking ceremony.
The ES also thanked the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) for his effort in transforming Nigeria’s digital landscape and his support in providing this strategic partnership with UBEC for the development of e- Learning andestablishment of smart school programs.