Osun Completes Redistribution Of Opon Imo For New Academic Year

…We had no money to buy textbooks before Opon Imo – Students

“We have been asked to buy textbooks so as to prepare for the coming Senior WAEC but most of us have not been able to do that because of unavailability of money. Many of us cannot afford the textbooks and have been wondering how to pass the fast approaching exams.”

These were the words of Adeleke Busayo, a final year student of Adventist Government High School in Ede, Osun State as she receives her “Opon Imo” tablet of knowledge.

In a similar vein, the Head Girl of the school, Oluwatuye Mary buttressed what Busayo said. She stated that most of the students have not been able to afford the needed textbooks for their coming exams, adding that the State Government under the leadership of Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, has lifted an over-weighting burden through the Opon Imo project.

“I feel so excited, we have been patiently waiting for the Opon Imo since the first day our principal told us about it. I am so happy to get the Opon Imo finally because we have been told to buy textbooks but not all could afford them. Now that the Opon Imo is here, embedded with several textbooks and past questions, the burden of having to buy textbooks has been lifted.

“We are immensely grateful to the Government of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, we really appreciate this privilege and we promise to use it judiciously. Aregbesola has fulfilled his promise with the people of Osun on Education Improvement and we promise to study well and make him proud.” Mary added.

In addition to aiding preparation for School Leaving Examinations, the introduction of the tool is expected to aid adoption of information communication technology (ICT) skills among students in the State.

Back in 2013 when the Governor Rauf Aregbesola-led Government of launched Opon Imo, many were skeptical about its sustainability and its effectiveness in combating the low rate of student performance, especially for secondary school students writing final year West Africa Senior School Certificate but four years down the line, the Opon Imo has proven its worth.

Apart from aiding students in their exams and guaranteeing their success if properly used, the Opon Imo has also relieved parents the burden of having to buy textbooks especially in this current economy situation.

As usual, the State government has begun the redistribution of e-learning computer tablets for the 2017/2018 academic session to students in the final year in the state public schools.

The redistribution of the tablets began in an informal ceremony at Osogbo Government High School, Osogbo, as the students and teachers were excited to receive the device again.

While the redistribution lasted, 30,000 units of the tablets were given to final year students who will be writing the SSCE, NECO and Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) examinations and their teachers, across the state.

Speaking during the flag-off ceremony at Osogbo Government High School, the Principal of the school, Mrs Folorunsho Ladapo, described Opon-Imo as an unusual education infrastructure in the state.

Also the Administrator of Adventist Government High School, Mrs Uche Agbaso, said the distribution of the Opon Imo is an extra mile on the part of the Governor to enhance better performance of the students.


In her remarks too, the vice principal administration, Mrs A A Oyewole, lauded Aregbesola for the initiative and urged the students to make positive use of the tablets.

Speaking on the nitty gritty of the programme, the anchor, Mr Bambo Basorun explained that, “The government is doing its best to distribute to students a technological device, it is a marriage of technology and creativity, we are tying to make all our children have access to technology, as you can see, this device is being distributed to all SS3 students, the purpose is to help them in passing their exams and it has all their subjects textbooks, it has past questions and answers, it’s a fantastic digital learning tool, it’s a study note, so to say.

“Our Government deem it fit to give our children the best and we have started again this year, we are going round the 120 schools we have in the state now.”

About the controversy surrounding the Opon Imo, Bambo explained that, “As you know Opon Imo has won an award internationally, we won an award four years ago. As far as controversy is concerned, we are unmoved, we are not shaking. It is audible to the deaf and visible to the blind that Opon Imo has come to stay.

“It is a fantastic project and we have not ceased in distributing it four years running now. The teachers are there, the principals are there, the students are there, the parents are there and they will give you wonderful testimonies as to what this government has done through Opon Imo so criticism with objective, we will take it but without objective, we will struck it out.”

“We Had No Money To Buy Textbooks Before Opon Imo”


By Nofisat Adeoye

“We have been asked to buy textbooks so as to prepare for the coming Senior WAEC but most of us have not been able to do that because of unavailability of money. Many of us cannot afford the textbooks and have been wondering how to pass the fast approaching exams.”

These were the words of Adeleke Busayo, a final year student of Adventist Government High School in Ede, Osun State as she received her “Opon Imo” tablet of knowledge provided for her free by the State Government of Osun under Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

In a similar vein, the Head Girl of the school, Oluwatuye Mary buttressed what Busayo said.

She stated that most of the students have not been able to afford the needed textbooks for their coming exams, adding that that State Government has lifted an overweighting burden through the Opon Imo project.

“I feel so excited, we have been patiently waiting for the Opon Imo since the first day our principal told us about it. I am so happy to get the Opon Imo finally because we have been told to buy textbooks but not all could afford them. Now that the Opon Imo is here, embedded with several textbooks and past questions, the burden of having to buy textbooks has been lifted.

“We are immensely grateful to the Government of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, we really appreciate this privilege and we promise to use it judiciously. Aregbesola has fulfilled his promise with the people of Osun on Education Improvement and we promise to study well and make him proud.” Mary added.

The Opon Imo, tablet of knowledge is an initiative which started in 2013.This initiative, the first of its kind anywhere in the world, covers 17 Core Subjects with over 5 Extra Curricula Subjects for Senior Secondary 1, 2 & 3 levels.

The Tablet contains over 56 textbooks , 900 minutes of virtual classoom lessons and 1000s of Practice Questions for WAEC and JAMB.

In addition to aiding preparation for School Leaving Examinations, the introduction of the tool is expected to aid adoption of information communication technology (ICT) skills among students in the State.

Back in 2013 when the Governor Rauf Aregbesola-led Government of Osun launched Opon Imo, many were skeptical about its sustainability and its effectiveness in combating the low rate of student performance, especially for secondary school students writing final year West Africa Senior School Certificate but four years down the line, the Opon Imo has proven its worth.

Apart from aiding students in their exams and guaranteeing their success if properly used, the Opon Imo has also relieved parents the burden of having to buy textbooks especially in this current economic situation.

As usual, the State government has begun the distribution of e-learning computer tablets for the 2017/2018 academic session to students in the final year in the state public schools.

The distribution of the tablets began in an informal ceremony at Osogbo Government High School, Osogbo, as the students and teachers were excited to receive the device again.

While it lasted, 30,000 units of the tablets will be given to final year students who will be writing the SSCE, NECO and Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) examinations and their teachers, across the state.

Speaking during the flag-off ceremony at Osogbo Government High School, the Principal of the school, Mrs Folorunsho Ladapo, described Opon-Imo as an unusual education tool in the state.

Also the Administrator of Adventist Government High School, Mrs Uche Agbaso, said the distribution of the Opon Imo is an extra mile on the part of the Governor to enhance better performance of the students.

In her remarks too, the vice principal administration, Mrs A A Oyewole, lauded Governor Aregbesola for the initiative and urged the students to make positive use of the tablets.

Speaking on the nitty gritty of the programme, the project manager, Opon Imo, Mr Bambo Bashorun explained that, “The government is doing its best to distribute to students a technological device, it is a marriage of technology and creativity, we are tying to make all our children have access to technology, as you can see, this device is being distributed to all SS3 students, the purpose is to help them in passing their exams and it has all their subjects textbooks, it has past questions and answers, it’s a fantastic digital learning tool, it’s a study note, so to say.

“Our Government deemed it fit to give our children the best and we have started again this year, we are going round the 120 schools we have in the state now.”

About the controversy surrounding the Opon Imo, Bambo explained that, “As you know Opon Imo has won an award internationally, we won an award four years ago. As far as controversy is concerned, we are unmoved, we are not shaking. It is audible to the deaf and visible to the blind that Opon Imo has come to stay. It is a fantastic project and we have not ceased in distributing it four years running now.

Opon Imo students

“The teachers are there, the principals are there, the students are there, the parents are there and they will give you wonderful testimonies as to what this government has done through Opon Imo so criticism with objective, we will take it but without objective, we will struck it out.”

Students, Teachers Laud Aregbesola On “Opon Imo” Device

By Nofisat Adeoye

Public schools students and teachers in the State of Osun have lauded Governor Rauf Aregbesola on his commitment to the advancement of education.

The Students and Teachers commended the state government especially on its “Opon Imo” (Tablet of Knowledge), Initiative.

The device, named ‘Opon Imo’ (Tablet of Knowledge), was introduced by the Aregbesola administration in 2013 as a first-of-its-kind stand alone e-learning tablet to aid learning by secondary school students in the state.

The beneficiaries so far have been final year students in the state. Since its introduction in 2013, it has served four sets of final year students in Osun public schools.

The State government on Wednesday however started the distribution of the tablets for the 2017/2018 academic sessions.

While it lasts, 30,000 units of the tablets will be given to final year students who will be writing the SSCE, NECO and Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) examinations and their teachers, across the state.

Speaking during the flag-off ceremony at Osogbo Government High School, the Principal of the school, Mrs Folorunsho Ladapo, described Opon-Imo as an unusual education technological device in the state.

Also at the Adventist Government High School today, the final year students expressed their gratitude to Aregbesola who they tagged “Peoples Governor”.

In her remarks, the Vice Principal Academics, Mrs A A Oyewole commended the Governor for having the progress of the students at heart. She said the gesture is an extra mile on the part of the Governor.

The Coordinator of the programme, Bambo Basorun however urged the students to make judicious use of the tablets, saying its use will go a long way in determining the outcome of their forthcoming examination.

Osun Continues Distribution Of Opon Imo In Public Schools

The State Government of Osun has begun the distribution of e-learning computer tablets for the 2017/2018 academic session to final year pupils in the state’s public schools.

The distribution of the tablets began in an informal ceremony at Osogbo Government High School, Osogbo, as pupils and teachers were excited to receive the device again.

Thirty thousand units of the tablets will be given to final year pupils ahead of writing their Senior Secondary School Examinations (SSCE), the National Examinations Council (NECO) and the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) examinations.

Their teachers across the state will also get the device.

The device, nicknamed Opon Imo (Tablet of Knowledge), was introduced by the Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola administration in 2013 as a first-of-its-kind Stand-alone e-learning tablet to aid learning among secondary school pupils in the state.

The beneficiaries have been final year pupils across the state.

Since its introduction in 2013, it has served four sets of final year pupils in Osun public schools.

Out of the intended 150,000 tablets, 50,000 were produced and distributed every session to final year pupils and their teachers.

At the inaugural ceremony at Osogbo Government High School in Osogbo, the school’s head teacher, Mrs Folorunsho Olubisi Ladapo, described Opon-Imo as an unusual education infrastructure.

She noted that since its invention, the device had brought about significant improvement in teaching and learning in the public schools.

The head teacher said its introduction in the last four years had redefined the education system as well set a new standard and direction for purposeful education in Osun State.

Mrs Ladapo said: “To us as teachers and mothers, the introduction of Opon-Imo has not only revolutionised the Education sector but has also eased teaching and learning, particularly for outgoing pupils.

“This device, as we all know, has been assessed and adjudged to be a very useful education tool and has serious impact in boosting mental capacity of pupils who may not necessarily require printed materials.

“As an electronic device, we have seen the level of improvement which the innovation has brought on the results of our students in both internal and external examinations.

“We have equally experienced the great impact that this technological initiative has on the reading culture among the students.”

Lauding Aregbesola’s education revolution in the state, the head teacher said the state government was doing the best in the Education sector.

 

OPON-IMO Breaks New Ground, Enhances Access To Quality Education

The Tablet of Knowledge popularly referred to as OPON IMO has significantly contributed to the growth as well as quality of Education in the State of Osun.

Aside its huge benefits, it has also enhanced the development of the Young Generation in ensuring that they get exposed to e-learning at a very important time in their education.

According to the State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori, the gadget which is arguably the first of its kind in the continent of Africa has in a great deal complemented the present administration’s vision for education.

She said although the world has been abreast of ICT through the use of tools like the I-pad, Laptop and other computer hardware in education, the creativity behind OPON-IMO makes it first among equals.

Mrs. Laoye-Tomori explained that with 450,000 students benefitting from the initiative since 2013 when it was officially launched, it has afforded high school students in Grade Levels 10, 11 and 12 the opportunity to have access to all needed materials in a single tablet for optimum performance in both internal and external examinations.

A parent, Chief Ezekiel attested to the fact that since OPON-IMO was distributed to students, a veritable number of students have been able to confront external examinations especially WASSCE.

Chief Ezekiel noted that since the tool has been put to use by students, it has made parents heave a sigh of relief in committing much more financial resources to buying essential textbooks for their children to let them pass examinations.

His words “For me as a parent, the OPON-IMO Tablet has been a blessing to us. Aside enhancing their performance in WAEC, it has also provided an opportunity to make buying of textbooks for them needless as all what they need is in the gadget. Before, we had bought textbooks of over N50,000 for them from SS1 to SS3. And even with the current harsh economy, it is even hard to eat three square meals per day, so we are grateful to the government.”

Okoli Goodness, a student of Osogbo High School observed that with the e-learning device, she has been able to study hard and revise their lessons in school.

According to her “Before I got this, I had previously longed to verify what we were taught in school with textbooks but I was unable. But since I have been able to start using OPON IMO, it has afforded me the opportunity to learn more and revise our lessons.”

“I can also view my former class’s textbooks there-in at my own leisure time. I think the government has done a great deal by providing OPON-IMO for students like me who do not have money to buy all the textbooks needed for exams, with this the government has done well.”

Aside the students that have benefitted from the Tablet of Knowledge, it has also provided a platform for over 50 jobs at the project office and 3,000 indirect jobs to be created.

OPON-IMO has given the state chief executive, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola international accolades like Africa’s Most Innovative Telecom Product of the Year by the NTDA as well as the 2013 Wise Award in Sri-Lanka.

The conviction of those who spoke to our crew is that OPON-IMO has Indeed Empowered Minds and Enriched Lives.

The tablet among other features has e-library, virtual classroom, and an integrated test zone.

The virtual classroom category contains 63 e-books covering 17 academic subjects for examinations conducted by WAEC, NECO and JAMB as well as non-academic life-enriching subjects such as History of The Yoruba, Sexuality Education, Civic Education, Ifa on ethics and morals, enterprise education, hints and tips on passing SSCE and ‘How to live a Healthy and Happy life’.

This section also contains an average of 16 chapters per subject and 823 chapters in all, with about 900 minutes or 15 hours of audio voiceovers.

In the integrated test zone of the device, there are more than 40,000 JAMB and WAEC practice questions and answers dating back to more than 20 years.

It also contains mock tests in more than 51 subject areas, which approximates to 1,220 chapters, with roughly 29,000 questions referencing about 825 images.

Breaking News: Osun Donates Educational Tablets To Rescued Chibok School Girls (Photos)

The State Government of Osun as donated Opon Imo ‘Tablets of Knowledge’, to rescued Chibok School girls towards their rehabilitation.
Recall the state government had in 2013 launched the revolutionary tablets of knowledge for senior secondary school students in Osun.
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The programme has in the past 4 years placed a computer electronic device in the hands of student, some of which are from poor background and in rural environment where access to such devices would have been impossible.
Performance of students writing the WASSCE examinations has since improved year on year, culminating in a 46% pass rate in five subjects including Mathematics and English in 2016.
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Breaking: Osun Donates Opon Imo To Rescued Chibok School Girls (Photos)

The State Government of Osun as donated Opon Imo ‘Tablets of Knowledge’ to rescued Chibok School girls towards their rehabilitation.

Recall the state government had in 2013 launched a revolutionary tablets of knowledge for senior secondary school students in Osun.

The programme has in the past 4 years placed a computer electronic device in the hands all student, some of which are from poor background and in rural environment where access to such devices would not have been possible.

Performance of students writing the WASSCE examinations has since improved year on year, culminating in a 46% pass rate in five subjects including Mathematics and English in 2016.

See the Rescued Chibok School girls using their devices.

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10 Things You Don’t Know About ‘Opon Imo’

Back in 2013 when the State Government of Osun launched Opon Imo ‘Tablet of Knowledge’, many were skeptical about its sustainability and its effectiveness in combating the low rate of student performance, especially for secondary school students writing final year West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE.

Four years on since it was launched in Ilesha, we present to you, 10 things you don’t know about ‘Opon Imo’.

1. ‘Opon Imo’ is the first standalone e-learning system in sub-saharan Africa.

2. ‘Opon Imo’ has saved parents in Osun the sum of N8.2 billion worth of textbooks.

3. ‘Opon Imo’ was recently endorsed by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) in February 2017, and recommended to other states for adoption in Nigeria.

4. ‘Opon Imo’ is endorsed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Orgainisation, UNESCO.

5. Over 90,000 students have benefited from ‘Opon Imo’ in Osun since inception in 2013 to 2017.

6. Less than 3 billion Naira has been spent on procurement, installation, distribution and maintenance of ‘Opon Imo’ since inception till 2017.

7. ‘Opon Imo’ has helped to improve performance of students in Osun, culminating in 46% pass rate in 5 subjects including Mathematics and English. The best result in a 10 year period.

8. In 2013, ‘Opon Imo’ won the e-learning and science category in World Summit Award, World Congress in Sri Lanka.

9. Children of farmers and other rural dwellers now have access to a computer device, a thought previously impossible for them.

10. ‘Opon Imo’ contains e-textbooks, past questions (WAEC and JAMB) and virtual classroom for ALL approved subjects from ss1 to ss3.

10 Things You Don’t Know About ‘Opon Imo’

Back in 2013 when the State Government of Osun launched Opon Imo ‘Tablet of Knowledge’, many were skeptical about its sustainability and its effectiveness in combating the low rate of student performance, especially for secondary school students writing final year West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE.

Four years on since it was launched in Ilesha, we present to you, 10 things you don’t know about ‘Opon Imo’.
1. ‘Opon Imo’ is the first standalone e-learning system in sub-saharan Africa.

2. ‘Opon Imo’ has saved parents in Osun the sum of N8.2 billion worth of textbooks.

3. ‘Opon Imo’ was recently endorsed by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) in February 2017, and recommended to other states for adoption in Nigeria.

4. ‘Opon Imo’ is endorsed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Orgainisation, UNESCO.

5. Over 90,000 students have benefited from ‘Opon Imo’ in Osun since inception in 2013 to 2017.

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6. Less than 3 billion Naira has been spent on procurement, installation, distribution and maintenance of ‘Opon Imo’ since inception till 2017.

7. ‘Opon Imo’ has helped to improve performance of students in Osun, culminating in 46% pass rate in 5 subjects including Mathematics and English. The best result in a 10 year period.

8. In 2013, ‘Opon Imo’ won the e-learning and science category in World Summit Award, World Congress in Sri Lanka.

9. Children of farmers and other rural dwellers now have access to a computer device, a thought previously impossible for them.

10. ‘Opon Imo’ contains e-textbooks, past questions (WAEC and JAMB) and virtual classroom for ALL approved subjects from ss1 to ss3.

Opon Imo: Students, Parents Eulogize Osun Govt as Distribution Continues

Students, parents and other stakeholders in the state of Osun have applauded the state government for its Opom Imo, ‘Tablet of Knowledge’ initiative.

Some of the students who spoke with our reporter listed benefits of the tablets to include access to several educational and co-curricular materials as the Opon Imo team takes distribution of the tablets to Ibokun High School.

The tablet since it distribution began in 2013, has enhanced learning and also complemented the efforts of teachers for better performance in teaching. In fact, in 2016, the state of Osun recorded a 46.3% pass rate in WAEC exams which indicates a 113.6% increase over 2015. The best in the past 13 years!

An SS3 student, Abiona Adesina, who spoke with our reporter said with Opon Imo, he is able to access his past note from SS1 and SS2, thereby improving his cognitive capability. Another parent who spoke to us said the Opon Imo initiative as helped him avoid spending money on buying textbooks.

Opon Imo, tablet of Knowledge contains past questions and additional traditional subjects, as well as the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and National Examination Council (NECO) syllabuses.

Recall WAEC in the first week of February 2017, endorsed the Opon Imo tablet and recommended it to other states in the country.

Also speaking with reporters recently, the Deputy governor who is the commissioner for Education, Otunba (Mrs.) Grace Titilayo Laoye-Tomori, said “the Opon Imo, was produced in partnership with a Chinese firm. It has been uploaded with 63 e-textbooks (56 core texts and seven extra-curricular texts tailored to the Nigerian curriculum for use by the three senior secondary level classes (SS1-SS3).

“It contains lesson notes for 17 subjects tested in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), which were prepared by seasoned tutors, as well as 40,000 past questions of WASSCE, the National Examination Council (NECO) and the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE), written in the past 10 years. It also contains Yoruba proverbs and the English dictionary.”

She said an average textbook for secondary school pupils cost a minimum of N1,000 and explained that the state government and tax payers would have spent N8.6 billion on the purchase of textbooks, if it had not come up with the tablet.

“We will be saving the state a lot of money because of the e-books. The average textbook costs N1,000. If we assume there are 56 textbooks in the e-library, it would cost the state N8.6 billion if we were to buy the books for 150,000 pupils. It only cost us N200 million to produce 56 core e-textbooks.

By Inwalomhe DonaldOpon Imo: Real Reason WAEC Honoured Aregbesola, By Inwalomhe Donald

Governor Aregbesola has been honoured by WAEC for taking the lead in digital education in Nigeria. This truly is a tremendous opportunity for Aregbesola to help more Osun students get access to quality education. In the new global economy, digital education is an increasingly important part of education, and Aregbesola looks forward to guiding efforts to further expand the reach and breadth of digital education and its courses throughout Nigeria.

No country can develop where merit and excellence are not sufficiently recognized. 2012 t0 2017 provided a period to assess Governor Aregbesola. WAEC’s endorsement of Aregbesola Opon Imo is an award for excellence and good governance which is a sober effort to recognize and fete merit and excellence in education in Nigeria. Today, Governor Aregbesola lays no claim to sainthood or any special Solomon wisdom but it could hardly be denied that his passion for educational excellence, commitment for human development singled him out for recognition of merit and make him a model for emulation by many because he laid the foundation for digital education in Nigeria.

Governor Aregbesola has proven that when there is palpable decline of faith in Nigeria, his sheer energy and imagination represent beacons of hope. WAEC endorsement of Opon Imo is a veritable reward for excellence and recognition of integrity in governance. The endorsement is a celebration of AREGBESOLA’S innovation and creativity in Nigeria.

Last week, West African Examination Council, WAEC, endorsed Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s policies, especially in the education sector. Delivering a frame of endorsement to the governor on Friday, 3rd February, 2017, Head of the Nigeria National Office of the council, Mr. Olutise Isaac Adenipekun, who led a delegation of the national management of WAEC to the Governor’s office in Osogbo, said Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s interventions in education is “second to none” in Nigeria.

Adenipekun said, “The ongoing revolution in the infrastructural re-engineering of the school complexes in the state of Osun has also caught the attention of all stakeholders in the education sector in Nigeria and beyond.

“The immense contribution of the state government in the development of infrastructural facilities in schools, in particular, the “Mega Schools Project” is remarkable. It is in fact second to none in Nigeria”, he stressed.

Adenipekun said Osun has contributed significantly towards enhancing Information and Communication Technology, ICT required in education sector which according to him remains the prerequisite to development of quality education in the country. Adenipekun, who recommended the Tablet of Knowledge to other states of the federation said the initiative had contributed towards educational development.

He described the innovation as a tool of educational revolution, breakthrough aimed at enhancing and encouraging the process of teaching and learning through the use of innovative technology.

“We are particularly proud of the landmark achievement and the major breakthrough of the current administration in Osun most significantly in education sector by the introduction of the ground breaking ‘Tablet of Knowledge’ also known as “Opon Imo” to students of the state at secondary level.

“As we commend the efforts of Mr. Governor on the landmark achievement and major breakthrough of his administration in education most importantly on the widely applauded ‘Tablet of Knowledge’ which had improved and encouraged teaching and learning, we equally recommend other states to key into this initiative so as to improve the education sector,” he added.

Governor Aregbesola who described “the Tablet of Knowledge” as a panacea to education revolution, said the state had recorded national and international awards on the initiative. Commending WAEC for maintaining education standards in the country, Governor Aregbesola said the examination body had contributed tremendously in raising the standards of education in the West African sub-region.

Whether critics like it or not, Governor Aregbesola has laid foundation and remain the pioneer of digital education in Nigeria and he represents agent of change as far as digital education is concerned in Nigeria.

History of Digital Education will remember Governor Aregbesola as the first Nigerian to implement UNESCO 2011 recommendation on digital education. Nigerians need to visit Osun Sukuk Schools, Middle Schools and Elementary Schools. Governor Aregbesola has undertaken to build and equip schools with computer classrooms and training teachers to use digital media in education.

In this line, Opon Imo “local content’’ in digital education has allowed teachers to use tablets to teach students. In the history of Nigeria, Governor Aregbesola will be remembered to be first leader to introduce digital education. Like India, Osun State is working to improve on Opon Imo. Truth is, years to come Governor Aregbesola will be remembered as part of digital education in Nigeria.

About 33 states in Nigeria are presently working on how to introduce digital education by using Osun model of Opon Imo. Through Opon-Imo, all books, laboratories and study materials needed by students have been catered for.

Governor Aregbesola promised that there would be no need of students buying books and other study materials. The tablet of knowledge, indeed, serves this purpose.

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