Osun’s computer tablet, ‘Opon Imo’, gets June 3 launch date

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rauf_aregbesolaThe government of Osun has confirmed a new date of Monday June 3, 2013 for the official public launch and distribution of customized computer tablets tagged, “Opon-Imo” (Tablet of Knowledge) to students of S.S.1 to S.S.3 in public secondary schools in the state, an initiative which has been reputed to be the first of its kind in the world.

Built to improve learning among secondary school students in the state and also to further prepare them for external and internal examinations, the solar-powered tablets which are designed in the form of an iPad would be distributed to the students free-of-charge.

Speaking on the state government’s readiness to launch the initiative which she described as a milestone in the history of education development and enhanced learning in the country, the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori, who also doubles as the state’s Commissioner for Education noted that the Governor Rauf Aregbesola-led government is determined to ensure that students of the State of Osun are effectively prepared to meet up with the high standards needed for them to excel in the world of learning and research.

The tablets, she further noted, “are installed with software of lesson notes and text books on 17 subjects offered by students of secondary schools as well as past questions and answers on the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), National Examination Council Examination (NECO) and the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) which will help facilitate the students’ preparedness for these examinations”.

The launch and distribution of the computer tablets which also contain six extra-curricular subjects including Sexuality Education, Entrepreneurship, Civic and Computer Education, Yoruba History and Traditional Religion to Secondary School Students across the various public secondary schools in the state is a further attestation to the resolute pursuit of innovation in the State’s education sector”, she added.

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