The State Universal Basic Education Board, Bauchi, on Tuesday said it would train 25,000 teachers on Information and Communication Technology, to boost e-learning in basic schools.
The Executive Chairman of the Board, Alhaji Abdullahi Dabo, spoke on the initiative in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Bauchi.
Dabo said the training would encourage computer literacy among pupils in public schools.
According to him, the exercise will also help the state government to attain its goal of having computer-literate pupils in public schools, in a bid to build a computer-literate society.
“For the state to have computer-literate students, we need computer-literate teachers,” he said.
Dabo said there were few schools with e-learning centres in the state and measures were being taken to train teachers to man them.
“That is why we decided to train our teachers on information technology to be able to equip our pupils with computer skills,” he said.
The chairman said the training would be conducted in collaboration with the state chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers.
He said steps were being taken to provide computers that were needed for the success of the project.
“The government is aware that the issue of providing computers in schools is another critical area that may thwart the dream of having computer-literate students in the state.
“Government is looking into the issue with zeal to achieve the goal,” he said.
Dabo said the board had earlier trained Education Management Information System officers on information and communication technology.
According to him, the EMIS is responsible for collating, processing and interpreting education data in the state.
He said laptops were also distributed to the desk officers of EMIS in the 20 local government areas of the state, to ensure timely collation, processing and analysis of data.