Written by Godfrey AKON

FGC students to pay N5, 000 for digital classrooms

Students in Federal Government Colleges are to pay the sum of N5,000 each term as charges for digitalised classroom services when the facilities are fully installed and functional.

Project Director of Skool Media, the ICT firm handling the programme, Mr. Moses Imayi, disclosed this in Abuja during an interactive session at a one-day Skool Media Start-up Workshop it organised for FGC principals and ICT teachers in collaboration with Samsung.

Imayi noted that the project covers the 104 unity colleges and implementation had already commenced at the Kings College, Lagos, with the provision of smart boards, projectors and educational tablets.

The Ministry of Education had earlier signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with SKool Media to provide the facilities in all 104 unity colleges as well as build the capacity of teachers on the use of the facilities.

It would be recalled that a compulsory insurance fee imposed on students in the colleges in 2014, drew angry reactions from students and parents before understanding was sought on the matter.

On the issue of the N5,000 ICT fee, which would automatically raise the school fees in the colleges, The Abuja Inquirer gathered that government authorities were interfacing with Parent Teachers Association, PTA, to ensure seamless implementation.

Addressing participants at the workshop, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, expressed government’s commitment to develop and deploy ICT in all sectors of the country’s economy.

Yemi-Esan noted that the “Skool Media programme” is a public private partnership, PPP, initiated to transform the teaching and learning environment and institute an ICT-driven mode of education delivery in the colleges.

Represented by the Director of Human Resources in the ministry, Mr. Mohammed Bello, the perm sec said the programme involves the provision of digital classrooms, library upgrade, educational tablets and capacity building, among others.

When implemented, notes given by teachers in the class would be projected to a screen while the teacher uses an electronic board to write, thus eliminating the use of chalk and non-electronic boards.

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