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A former Minister of Education, Mrs Chinwe Obaji, has thrown her weight behind the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, on the need for Nigeria to embrace e-learning in the face of COVID-19 that necessitated the closedown of schools at all levels in the country.

Obaji has also commended the Registrar and Chief Executive of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Ishaq Oloyede on the smooth and successful conduct of the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), she noted was an improvement over the previous years.

She said: “Nigeria has no choice other than to embrace e-learning as it is done in other climes.

“The challenges of the country is experiencing in her bid to render quality education to her teeming youth population would have been overcome if the ‘One Laptop Per Child Initiative’ was not jettisoned midway.

“The wonderful initiative was conceived in 2005 when I held sway as the Minister of Education,” Obaji was quoted to have said in an interview published in JAMB Weekly Bulletin obtained by Tribune Online, on Sunday, in Abuja.

She also noted that some of thee initiatives she introduced were abandoned citing the School Feeding Programme which she launched as a Minister in 2005 at Kuje, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Obaji said the country should adopt the zeal and vigour at which she contained the Ebola virus and the current efforts aimed at containing the COVID-19 pandemic to tackle the various challenges bedevilling the educational sector in the country.

She said: “If we had sustained the ‘One Laptop Per Child Initiative’, by now virtual learning would have been integrated into the curriculum and students and teachers would have been adequately grounded in e-learning.”


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