The Federal Ministry of Education launched a free e-learning website (inspire.education.gov.ng) for all levels of education to facilitate access to learning.
According to NAN, Education Minister Adamu Adamu, represented by Permanent Secretary Sonny Echono at the inauguration in Abuja said the decision was due to the advent of COVID-19 which disrupted learning during two years.
He also said the website will host two million Nigerians at a time.
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Adamu explained that the website, launched by the ministry, had two basic characteristics; Inspire for Students and Ignite for Teachers, which will allow learners and teachers to have full access to the website.
While adding that the ministry was working with the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) to allow only registered teachers to access the website.
Noting that the content of e-learning would cover all levels of education, clarifying that currently the ministry focuses on primary and secondary education and would be made accessible to rural communities without Internet access.
He noted that the current e-learning website used by polytechnics and universities would not be discontinued but rather linked to the new website.
He said, “To date, the ministry has 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 developed content such that we can distribute it in all media. We have the content on the radio that covers the whole country and also on the television.
âWe have exceeded 30% in terms of broadband. We are working with Galaxy Backbone to install fibers across the country and install them in schools across the country.
“The content is aimed at all levels, but the focus is currently on primary and secondary level. This is because there is hardly any of our polytechnics or universities that does not have one. We do not intend to shut down the polytechnics and universities website, but want to create a link for them to access the platform.
Abubakar Isah, Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), said the website will provide teachers and learners with more beneficiary teaching and learning resources to teach and understand lessons respectively, adding that the e-learning website had also enabled states to adopt teaching strategies.