Oyo, Oracle, Partner To Training Teachers On Computer Programming

By Henry Odeh


Oyo State Government and Oracle Academy have partnered to organize Information Communication Technology training for the State’s secondary teachers on computer programming language, called JavaScript.

The training which was part of the State government’s capacity building of its workforce in the academic field at the secondary school level was expected to equip teachers with requisite knowledge for a more effective teaching of computer studies in secondary schools.

The State’s Commissioner for Education, Science And Technology, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye said, while delivering his address at the opening ceremony of a 5-day training workshop for public secondary school teachers, organized by Oracle Academy on JavaScript, held on Monday 25th January, 2021 at the Government College, Apata, Ibadan, described the development as another landmark achievement of the Seyi Makinde-led administration in the area of human capital development.

According to the Commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry, Alhaja Aminat Atere, quality education is undoubtedly of great importance to the present government as evident in the importance attached to information technology in the scheme of things.

He added that quality education has the potential for transformating individuals and the society because of the influence it wields on values, attitude, and its assistance in preparing people for various careers in life.

Olaleye maintained that the Seyi Makinde administration believes in an education system that provides equal opportunity to all Nigerians irrespective of gender, social status, age, religion, and ethnic background.

Speaking further, he maintained that the present administration also believes in identifying, developing, and responding to individual needs and talents, nurturing the mind and inculcating the right values and morals etc.

The Commissioner said, “Inputs from an international corporation such as Oracle Academy is a welcome development, the State government is committed to providing quality education to its citizenry and this is visible from various initiatives employed to take education to the doorsteps of learners in the era of covid-19 pandemic, using technology.

“Some of the initiatives are school on air programme on radio, television, and online teaching and learning on the Ministry of Education’s website at www.oysgedu.ng, with over 1,000 practicing questions in 15 subjects such as e-library and other resources for students to download, using free internet provided by private telecommunications company.

“The need for innovation in the educational system is derived from the fact that the society is not static and education must respond and adapt to changing technological, economic, political, and social environment of the nation.”

Barrister Olaleye who commended Governor Seyi Makinde for his exceptional leadership however, explained that the need to further take education to a greater height in the State, among other considerations necessitated the call for time to time training of personnel in the State education industry, considering the huge benefits derivable from e-learning, e-management, and unlimited resources in computer science applications and the ease of linking schools with the real world.

Meanwhile, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye, in another development has commissioned a building constructed by Saint Anne’s Old Students Association, SSASOGA House, Saint Anne’s School, Molete in Ibadan on 25th January, 2021.

Olaleye, who expressed the government appreciation to the Old Students body of the school for its contribution to the development of education in Oyo state over the years adding that the State government, as the promoter of quality education had put in place, adequate measures to track the development of education in the State, noting that government would not compromise on its decision to reposition the system in a way that students study under conducive environment.

He said, “Your coming together to think of building this edifice will have cost you lots of money but all the same, it will definitely give the association an edge in running the affairs of the old students, this new structure is another milestone achievement recorded by the school’s old students which I believe will go down well in the history of education in the state.”

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