Information and Communication Technology
It is no news that information technology is the main driver for economic advancement as of today stands. Sadly, a huge number of students in Ondo state are not computer literates. Several companies in our state had to source for computer professionals outside for several computing services. Computing is supposed to be integrated into our day-to-day activities but seen as alien and this needs to be fixed.
Several computing skills like computer literacy, programming, artificial intelligence, computer languages need to be shown to the student right from childhood through the school curriculums. The benefits of ICT are endless, we need to equip and inculcate these skills into all ramifications of endeavors and industries. There is no doubt that in a few years, the computer will take over jobs from hundreds of thousands of people and if we relent in indoctrinating this know-how into our citizenry, we are going to be left behind. Very far behind.
To be effective, interventions to improve the quality of ICT education and manpower in Nigeria must at the least commence at secondary education. Studies of successful ICT entrepreneurs have shown that it takes about 10,000 hours to master the skills required to build world-leading ICT products and services. This can amount to about 5 – 8 years of practice for many people. Nigerian students are not different from the young people in the United States for instance who start world-class ICT firms while in university, the latter just had the benefit of a better educational system and the benefit of an early start. Improving classroom facilities, the quality of teachers, and the curriculum will contribute to improving the quality of post-primary school ICT education in Nigeria.
Omotoso Administration Will
- Partner with private organizations to retrain teachers to equip them with more current and updated knowledge to further impart to the students.
- Equip schools with high configuration computers coupled with internet access. This will enable them a conducive environment to assists them with an in-depth learning phase.
- Set up tens of IT hubs throughout the eighteen local governments of our state. We will provide every family with access to information technology via free to air Wi-Fi networks all over the capital and throughout all the local government secretariats domains in our state.
- Put in place, a well-packaged program that will allow all secondary school students to have subsidized laptops or tablets; for better performance and to give room for adequate research and e-learning in the state. It is important to equip our students and the younger generation with adequate knowledge; by so doing, our state can boast of a better and brighter future.
- Providing stable electricity supplies to schools to prevent frequent power outages. UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supplies) will be installed at all ICT schools at different phases to allow uninterrupted training to be conducted.