The on-going distribution of laptop computers to students in Ekiti State public secondary schools under the Computer-per-student initiative of the Dr. Kayode Fayemi-led administration has been described as a step aimed at enhancing students’ technological competence.
The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Dr Eniola Ajayi said this in Ado Ekiti at a Students Forum organized for students from public and private secondary schools in the State.
The event which featured quiz competition, career/motivational talks, mentoring session and film show, was attended by representatives of the schools, their teachers and officials of the teaching service commission and the ministry of Education.
Other highlights of the event include the presentation of cash gift to 24 students who emerged winners in the Challengers series organized for schools in the 16 local government areas in the state.
Dr Ajayi said the initiative will keep the students abreast of technological trends and compete favorably with their colleagues across the globe.
She added that the importance of the initiative cannot be overemphasized even as the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) as well as the West African Examinations Council prepares for electronic examinations in 2013 and 2015respectively.
The Commissioner expressed confidence that candidates from the State would perform excellently when e-examinations begin.
While stating that the Ministry would soon begin to send task-force to monitor the use of the computers so as to prevent their misuse, Ajayi warned that any students caught misusing the computers would be sanctioned.
She urged the students to have a career goal that could drive their academic pursuit to success.
The height of the Forum which was tagged “The Future Starts Now” was an interactive session where the students made suggestions to government on what they would want government to do for their schools.
One of the paritcipants, Miss Adekoya Aanuoluwa from Mary Immaculate Grammar School,Ado Ekiti, said the Forum is a confirmation that the Fayemi-led administration is very passionate about the future of the Education sector.
Adekoya described the Commissioner for Education as a woman of virtue who should be imitated; adding that though she might be criticized for some of the policies of government in the sector, her passion for the future of Ekiti students deserve some commendation.
Sunday, October 26 2014, 8:38 am
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