By Emmanuel Okwuke
Osun State Government, last week in Lagos, unveiled the Tablet of Knowledge, which it tagged: Opon imo, even as it announced N8.4 billion in annual savings on conventional books.
The tablet is preloaded with lesson notes of 17 subjects offered by students in the West African Senior School Certificate (WASSCE), National Examination Council (NECO),Senior Certificate in Education (SSCE).
It also contains six extra-curricular subjects, including sexuality education, Yoruba history and Yoruba traditional religion.
This was made known at the unveiling ceremony by the Osun State Deputy Governor and Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Grace Laoye-Tomori.
According to her, Opon Imo is an indigenous computer programmed instructor (CPI) with locally produced content, designed for the Nigerian secondary education system.
She maintained that the Opon Imo was fashioned out of the need to develop an efficient knowledge economy, in realisation of the importance of a knowledge based society.
“In common place with global practice, the administration has taken concrete steps towards ensuring that our students are Information and Communication Technology Compliant both for learning and self development”.
Mrs. Tomori said 40,000 past examination questions spanning a period of 10 years, are embedded in the computer tablet for private simulation practice.
Furthermore, she added that the facility comes with 63 e-text books, covering 17 subjects that students do register for in examinations.
“In addition, it has 51 video tutorials installed as study aid. Without doubt the initiative is a silver bullet means of demonstrating access to learning materials, ever undertaken by any government in Nigeria.
“This is another landmark achievement by the Aragbesola-led administration which is novel and unprecedented in the annals of the education not only in Nigeria but the world at large. This initiative will definitely aid teaching and learning and would improve the general performance of students in Osun State,” she said.
The Deputy Governor noted that the tablet makes teaching and learning exciting to teachers and the learners. She stressed that the 63 books in the tablet removes the burden of the prohibitive costs of conventional textbooks and affords the students the unfettered access to knowledge necessary for brilliant performances in various examinations.
The Opon Imo initative has proven to be cost effective. For instance, it has been observed that the e-book option saves an estimated N8.4 billion annually,” she adding, noting that arrangements have been concluded by a Chinese firm to establish a factory in Oshogbo, the state capital to mass produce the device.