Osun Commissioner for Education, Hon. Folorunsho Oladoyin has reiterated the importance of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in modern teaching as an effective means of imparting knowledge in students.
He also submitted that the early exposure of students to Info-Tech gadgets will go a long way in helping them measure up to their counterparts from any part of the world, especially in today’s globalized society.
The Commissioner stated these while declaring open a 2-day training workshop for ICT teachers in secondary schools organized by IHS Towers Consulting in collaboration with the State Government of Osun.
The Commissioner, who noted that the role of technology in teaching and learning is rapidly becoming one of the most discussed issues in contemporary education policy,said modern life is dominated by technology, hence the universal recognition of the need to use information and communication technology in education.
In his words, “As we enter the era of globalization where free flow of information via satellite and the internet hold sway in global information dissemination of knowledge, Osun State cannot be left behind. That is the reason for this training for our ICT teachers.
“In the modern world, the need for ICT in teaching and learning and educational management cannot be overemphasized. ICT teachers of today should be familiar with coding, robotics, artificial intelligence, cloud storage and sharing solutions, presentation of software, game and animation development and general multimedia.
“Computer illiteracy is now regarded as the new illiteracy. We have a strong desire to equip our schools with computer facilities and qualified personnel to produce technologically proficient and efficient students that can face the new world”, the Commissioner concluded.
In his address, the Coordinator IHS Consulting, Mr. John Isiekwene, appreciated the Government of Osun State,through the Ministry of Education, for making the training a reality.
He also comended the efforts and co operation of the teachers who are involved in the training, stating that the world is gradually turning to a global village.