Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, yesterday directed the Ministry of Education, Science and Innovation to look into the reintroduction of a digital learning tablet in schools.
The governor said the reintroduction of the tablet of knowledge, popularly known as Opon-Imo, would be part of efforts to drive education in the state through technological innovation.
Former Governor Rauf Aregbesola pioneered e-learning in Osun schools and introduced e-tablets and computers to aid learning and teaching.
Not less than 300,000 students benefited from the programme. During the period, the pass rate of Osun senior secondary pupils increased by over 193 per cent while saving the state over N8.4bn in annual textbook expenses.
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However, the programme suffered a setback as the administration of the immediate past Governor Adegboyega Oyetola withdrew the gadget from pupils.
Adeleke, while presenting instructional materials to pupils as part of activities to mark his 100 days in office, decried the poor performance of pupils in SSCE examinations and the West African Examination Council’s (WAEC’s) ranking.
He directed the ministry to clean up and reopen the nine computer centres located in selected schools across the nine federal constituencies.
Daily Trust recalls that during the Aregbesola administration, over 10,000 youths in Osun were empowered through the OYES-Tech scheme using the centres.