The Federal Ministry of Education’s plan to introduce e-learning in schools in Nigeria would cost N5.4billion as was disclosed on Monday by Chairman of the implementation committee Professor Godswill Obioma.
Prof Obioma said the current ministry’s budget did not capture the programme but a supplementary budget has been forwarded to the National Assembly for approval.
He said the deployment of e-learning infrastructures would take place in phases and the first phase would cover Federal Unity Colleges and federal tertiary institutions in states across the six geo-political zones.
While presenting the revised report on the implementation of e-learning, he advised the Ministry to convene a summit of parastatals involved in the project for it to encourage participation and full support.
He said the final implementation plan would be presented before the Federal Executive Council by January 2012.
Outgoing Minister of Education Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i said the introduction of e-learning was long overdue in the education sector.
She said it would enhance access, adult literacy and produce a better skilled workforce.