Enugu- An Information Communication and Technology ( ICT) expert, Prof. Ken Spann has advocated the compulsory teaching of ICT-based subjects in basic education schools to boost the country’s economy.
Spann, who is a WaveTek/Microsoft consultant, said this on Friday in Enugu during a symposium organised by the PROFSCA Foundation Nigeria.
The symposium is in commemoration of the first memorial of late Prof. Stan Anih, who was a clergy of the Roman Catholic Church.
The guest lecturer, who spoke on “African Education: Today, Future, ICT and Contents’’, said that the country needed to find a way to infuse technology into its teaching methods.
He said that such move would encourage creativity among pupils and students.
“The 21st Century schools needed to be performance based by preparing students to be entrepreneurs.
“Therefore, institutions must leverage on technology as numerous opportunities abound for African students,” he said.
He said that teachers must also be trained and advanced in computer training, with Microsoft office certification at the minimum.
Spann said that the introduction of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), computer based test had brought to fore the need for students in the country to adopt the process.
The Chairman, Board of Trustees of PROFSCA Foundation Nigeria, Chief Chinedu Ani, said that the event was one of the many plans to immortalise the late clergy, whom he said touched lives in many ways.
Ani said that the foundation would make funds available to assist the less privileged in keeping to the good works of the late sage.
“We will also welcome assistance from the government and international donor agencies with a view to keeping to our avowed promise of providing succour to the downtrodden,” Ani said. (NAN)