The Federal Ministry of Education has inaugurated a free e-learning website (inspire.education.gov.ng) for all levels of education to facilitate easy learning access. According to NAN, Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Sonny Echono, at the inauguration in Abuja said the decision was occasioned by the advent of COVID-19 which disrupted learning for two years. He also stated that the website would accommodate two million Nigerians at a time.
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Adamu explained that the website, initiated by the ministry had two basic features; Inspire for students and Ignite for teachers, which will allow both learners and teachers to have full access to the website. Whilst also adding that the ministry was collaborating with the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) to allow only registered teachers to have access to the website.
Noting that the content of the e-learning would cover all levels of education saying that currently the ministry focused on primary and secondary education and would be made accessible to rural communities without internet facilities. He noted that the current e-learning website being used by polytechnics and universities would not be stopped but rather linked to the new website.
He said, “As of Wednesday, 22nd of December 2021, the ministry had provided over 4,000 video lessons for basic levels, 7,000 video lessons for secondary levels and 4,000 audio lessons for secondary levels. We have exceeded 30 per cent in terms of broadband. We are working with Galaxy Backbone to lay fibres across the country and lay it across schools in the country.”
“The content is for all levels but the focus presently is at the level of primary and secondary. This is because there is hardly any of our Polytechnic or University that does not have their own. We don’t have the intention to close down the website for polytechnics and universities but want to create a link for them to access the platform.”
Abubakar Isah, the Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) said the website would offer both teachers and learners more beneficiary teaching and learning resources to teach and understand lessons respectively, adding that the e-learning website had also enabled states to adopt strategies for teaching.