NOUN VC Vows To Enhance Digital E-learning For Pupils



By Abdullahi Alhassan, Kaduna

As part of efforts to conform to national policy on basic education and enhance community enrolment, the Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Olufemi Peters, said the National Open University will continue to enhance digital E-learning for Pupils of NOUN Staff School in Kaduna and will support the introduction of additional international languages apart from the recently introduced Arabic language though at their Nursery and Primary school.

The Vice-Chancellor is speaking at the 9th Speech and Prize Giving Day, in Kaduna state at the weekend, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration Professor Isaac Butswat, who said that teaching the pupils with digital E-learning and information technology will benefit them and will also make them self-reliant to meet up with the global best practice.

Professor Isaac Butswat added “So far about 20 Computers have been put in place at the school to enable them to familiarise themselves with computers and also to enhance digital E-learning Platforms. “I’m also happy with the introduction of international language I.e.,  Arabic, we may even consider introducing more.

Professor Isaac Butswat said he is  impressed with the performance of our pupils and the credit goes to the staff and indeed the director of the Centre for Human Resource Development (CHRD.)”We have a lot of potential and activities like this are more of a talent hunt.

“We seek the cooperation of the community is highly needed and then the state government what whatever they can bring to assist us that could be good I’m encouraging the staff and pupils to make sure they keep up with the tasks.  

In her remark, the Deputy Governor of Kaduna state Dr, Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe, who is also Chairperson of the occasion, was represented by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education Kaduna state, Dr., Halliru Musa said the State Government will continue to partner with the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) to enhance digital E-learning, which is part of  the policy of Nigerian Government on the education system,

“I, want to congratulate the school on the achievement of going from 8 pupils in 2012 to more than 400 in 2023 so is a very big achievement.

Dr., Halliru, Congratulated the graduating pupils and also encouraged them to imbibe this digital technology because that is the only way they can cope with modern education. 

According to him” We have this digital transformation not only in education you must have had when I spoke about Nigerian E-learning Platforms, I think somehow will be information systems, all this are the digital platform and also to use this digital technology to monitor what the teachers are doing in our various classes.             

He therefore advises them to read harder and to know that education is the for human capital development without education there will be no capital development.

In his address, the Director Centre for Human Resource Development CHRD Associate Professor Aminu Umar thanked the University management for the support to the school.

“This is an integrated aspect of a university community development effort to build  Nigeria,

The Associate Professor added that “the university has ‘3’ functioning buses for you,  also, the vice chancellor has approved about 20 branded HP computer systems to the school out of them 12′ have been delivered and we have one of the best computers units of primary schools in this community.

According to the CHRD Director “And for the benefit of our host community i.e., Barakallahu community the vice chancellor, 4 months ago donated N500,000 to Barakallahu community primary school for infrastructural development to enhance earning.

He called for more additional classrooms and bus service is needed to meet up basic 9 and increase enrollment, The director calls on politicians and philanthropists to support NOUN in its quest for value addition to Kaduna and Nigeria.

The event was graced in attendance by Security agencies, educational stakeholders, clergies, traditional rules, and parents of the pupils. Highlights of the event include a spelling quiz competition among pupils a paper presentation by Professor, Nuhu Garba on Artificial intelligence, goodwill message from dignitaries.

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