The Universal Basic Education Board (UBEC) has approved the location of one of its smart schools in Kwara State.
The commission previously approved the construction of the first set of smart schools in 2019 in 20 states, but Kwara was clearly not considered due to his outcast status between 2013 and 2019.
Designed to provide 21st century education, the “smart school” would include comprehensive computer core classes that would accommodate preschoolers, primary and lower secondary classes, equipped with accessories such as electronic libraries, clinic and laboratories that make a complete school in the Internet age.
Speaking during the inspection of the proposed site for the school in Ilorin, the state capital, UBEC’s national consultant for the project, Prof. Masud Abdulkareem said they were able to conclude all preliminary work, including site suitability, prior to construction which will take 12 months.
Abdulkareem described the smart school concept introduced by UBEC boss Dr Hamid Bobboyi as a game changer in basic education in Nigeria.
“With a smart school, a teacher at UBEC headquarters in Abuja or anywhere in the world can simultaneously teach students in all schools in Nigeria. UBEC has hired one of the best ICT companies in the world, Huawei. He is the one who equips and supplies the software for the learning materials.
“This is the second phase of the smart school offered by UBEC. This team was sent by the executive secretariat of UBEC to come and access the suitability of the site. I have a team of experts who will do the geotechnical and geophysical survey to establish the relevance and capacity of the soil so that the foundation is made, ”he added.