The Ekiti State government at the weekend said it has approved a new education policy that would guarantee the teaching of Information Communication and Technology (ICT) at the primary education level.
This, the government, said was to boost ICT know-how among the citizens and expand the scope of knowledge for more opportunities in the global community.
The State Executive Council presided over by Governor Kayode Fayemi adopted the educational policy at its virtual meeting held in Ado Ekiti.
A statement by the Commissioner for Information, Muyiwa Olumilua, yesterday, said: “The executive council approved the development of an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy in education, for both primary and secondary schools in Ekiti State.
“This is in furtherance of one of the major pillars of the Fayemi-led administration, which is the Knowledge Economy. The Policy was approved to fulfill the quest to commence ICT education right from our basic schools in Ekiti, and to embrace a structured approach in building a robust, scalable and sustainable ICT culture .
“The need to ensure that global practices are put in place, so that teaching/leaving will deliver and produce world class products, cannot be overemphasized”, it stated.
Olumilua said the proposed policy will cover six thematic areas, which include:
human capital development, infrastructure , awareness and communication, governance, financing and monitoring and evaluation.
The commissioner added that the council also constituted to further fine-tune the details of the policy.
He said council also approved the memorandum on the establishment of Ekiti State Institute of Local Government Studies Bill, 2020, which is to make a Law, to provide for the establishment of the Institute of Local Government Studies, in Ilawe – Ekiti.
Olumilua stated that establishment of the institute is for students to obtain training in Local Government Studies, Vocational Studies, community development and social work, ICT, and other relevant courses.