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Sam Egwu: ICT to play crucial role in education sector

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The Minister of Education, Sam Egwu, has said that Information and Communication Technology would play a critical role in the repositioning the nation's education sector. Egwu stated this on Thursday at the unveiling of eight and 10-inch Smartbook computers for schools by Omatek Ventures Limited. The minister said a new education roadmap was inaugurated in the country recently to ensure that new thinking and ideas were brought to bear on the management of the education sector and to improve the quality of education in the country. He said, 'Undoubtedly, ICT will play critical roles towards the realisation of these noble objectives. Our current roadmap took consideration of the advantages ICT will bring in the academia and we are making efforts towards engaging with stakeholders to ensure these opportunities do not elude us for too long.'

The minister added, 'We are determined that graduates of our institutions, in the not too distant future, are indeed equipped with the capability to practice their trade in any society in the world without a feeling of disadvantage.' Egwu said the unveiling of the new range of computers for schools by Omatek was a testimony to the role the private sector can continue to play in actualising the hope of the country for a brighter future for education in the country. The Chairman of Omatek, Tim Farinre, told that the company' s e-learning initiative 'is one-stop shop which provides a platform to ensure that ICT tools are deployed to schools and classrooms under a carefully structured environment.'


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