Lagos Partners First Bank to Provide Digital Devices for Teachers

Lagos State government has disclosed plan to partner First Bank Plc and some private organisations to provide one million digital devices to aid the teaching of students in the state.

While disclosing this in Lagos on Friday 10 April, 2020, the state’s Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, stated that the state government is currently engaged in talks with FB and private sector organisations. She stressed that the plan was aimed at providing one million digital devices to aid the teaching of students in the state.

Mrs. Adefisayo added that the state government is also exploring the option of online classes for students across schools in Lagos to prevent a disruption of the on-going academic session.

She explained that the plan is to teach students who are currently at home and prepare them for various examinations, including the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations WASSCE.

“We have been exploring the option of moving our students to e-learning, and we are cognisant of the fact that our students may have or may not have access to digital devices to go on the e-learning platform. Therefore, we’ve entered into a very exciting partnership with First Bank to provide a million devices for students,” she said.

She further stated that the government is making efforts to liaise with a technology firm that will provide devices, with Nigerian curriculum, tests and quizzes on them.

“I am also glad to announce that MTN has given us airtime on these devices. The First Bank has set the ball rolling with 20,000 pieces. EdFin Microfinace Bank has also given us devices for our teachers and we are open to other private firms that may want to support this initiative. Lagos Government will be funding part of the project,” she added.

The commissioner said the government would use mass media to deliver lessons to students at home.

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Akeem Alao

Akeem Alao trained as a language teacher. He graduated from Adeniran Ogunsanya college of Education where he studied English/Yoruba Languages and Ekiti State University where he obtained a degree in English Education.

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