The Jigawa State Government has approved the use of e-learning tablets in public schools after its five-week pilot test.
About 1,000 students, 61 teachers and 27 student-technicians were trained in the art of e-learning and e-teaching programme held in Dutse, the state capital, according to a statement by the state government.
The state Governor, Alhaji Muhammad Badaru Abubakar, had directed that over 8,000 e-learning tablets/computers, tagged, e-Mallam, be distributed to all senior secondary school students and teachers in the state, the statement said.
It added that the e-teaching and e-learning devices came with pre-installed educational applications designed to enhance learning for students in the states.
Abubakar was quoted as saying at the inauguration of the e-Mallam pilot scheme that the move became necessary because of the declining level of education, which his administration inherited from the previous regime.
He added that e-Malllam Tablets would prepare students for examinations and train them on digital technology, especially since examinations bodies were shifting from paper and pencil to computer-based testing.
The Commissioner for Education, Hajia Hussein-Adamu Esiak, said the introduction of the tablet would improve the standard of education in the state.
She said that statistics showed that the students had not been learning well, hence, the decision of the government to initiate the intervention programme.
The Project Coordinator, Basheer Aliyu, demonstrated how the devices provide interactivity and simulation in various fields in a manner easy for students to understand and apply in real life situations.
The Country Representative of Echo Telecoms, Mr. Abdussalam Ismail, said Jigawa State was the first state in the northern Nigeria to adopt the innovative approach to learning.