Thursday, 28 November 2019

FG supports indigenous curriculum-based learning app ▷ StudyMate

FG declares support for indigenous curriculum-based learning app 

- The federal government thas commended the ingenuity demonstrated in the launch of a new curriculum-based e-learning software

- The e-learning software is based on the government-approved curriculum and an alternative to the textbooks used in secondary schools

- A mobile version of the e-learning software has also been launched

The federal government through the Nigerian Education Research and Development Council (NERDC) has commended the ingenuity demonstrated in the launch of a new curriculum-based e-learning software, Studymate.

NERDC executive secretary Professor Ismail Junaidu gave the commendation at the official unveiling of StudyMate in Abuja on Thursday, November 28.
StudyMate is an e-learning software that is based on the NERDC curriculum and is a perfect alternative to the textbooks used in secondary schools.

Represented by Dr Eleri Nnanna Otu-Eleri, Junaidu said that the NERDC had monitored the entire process of developing the software and thus acknowledges the quality of the software for learning in schools.
He said that Information Communication Technology (ICT) was changing the way things are done around the world and it was now changing even the way we learn.

He stressed that companies with such innovation deserve great commendation for their contribution to improving the education sector.
He reminded the audience that the NERDC is charged with the responsibility to develop, review and enrich curriculum at all levels of education in Nigeria; undertake, regulate and promote book development, and local authorship.
The executive secretary noted that the boundless nature of ICT has made it possible for teaching and learning to happen almost anywhere and anytime.

“This application is like somebody is teaching you. Another thing that is so interesting about what they have done is that they did not go outside the approved national curriculum.
“This thing should go viral, it is offline so it does not require internet. It would aid teaching and learning, it would facilitate and help NERDC implement the national curriculum,” he said.

Meanwhile, a mobile version of StudyMate has also been launched.
In a related development, members of the House of Representatives recently directed the ministry of education and the National Universities Commission (NUC) to abolish the payment of acceptance fees into tertiary institutions in the country.
The directive followed the adoption of a motion brought by the lawmaker representing Ahiazu/Ezinihitte federal constituency of Imo state, Chinedu Martins, at plenary.


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