by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Kaduna State Government has said it is improving Information and Communication Technology, ICT, infrastructure in all its tertiary institutions to a world-class standard.
Commissioner of Education, Dr Shehu Makarfi, made this known in an interview with journalists in Kaduna during the week.
Makarfi explained that the ICT upgrade was being achieved through the development and deployment of Enhanced State Education Management Information System, eSEMIS.
He said that the move was to leverage on ICT, to improve the education delivery system, with a view to providing quality education in line with global best practices.
He said that the eSEMIS comprised of e-learning system, Student Information System (SIS), Human Resources Management System (HRMS), Digital Archival System (DAS), Integrated Library Management System (ILMS) and a Clinic Management System (CMS).
He added that the eSEMIS and the ICT upgrade, which were being developed in partnership with Staunton and Lycett Nigeria Ltd, were at various completion stages in all the state-owned tertiary institutions.
He identified the institutions as Kaduna State University, Kaduna State College of Nursing and Midwifery, Kaduna State College of Education, Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic, and Shehu Idris College of Health Sciences and Technology, respectively.
The commissioner said that the project would leverage on online platforms to ensure that students were provided with qualitative education in the state-owned tertiary institutions.
“It will also provide a mechanism for end-to-end running of all educational activities within the tertiary institutions.
“It also aims to assist education managers and administrators both at the institutions and ministries, departments and agencies, to work optimally with a clear view of the institution operations within their domain,” he said.
According to the commissioner, the e-learning system had been fully developed in all the tertiary institutions, adding that most of the lecture notes have been converted into e-courseware format.
“Several digital contents have been included in the new courseware, including multimedia content and, so far, the developments of SIS, HRMS, ILMS, CMS and DAS in all the institutions have been completed.
“The development and customisations of the e-learning systems in all the tertiary institutions are at the completion stage, while internet service in the institutions will be provided by Airtel Nigeria.
“All students have been registered on the e-learning platform and the institutions will soon join Kaduna State University in delivering quality e-learning,” he said.
Makarfi pointed out that when the eSEMIS becomes fully deployed, students would be able to login to the system, read content, watch videos, complete short quizzes, and submit assignments.
He explained that the system was configured to automatically grade assignments, while plagiarism tools to ensure academic integrity would be installed in the coming weeks.
Chief Executive Officer, Staunton, and Lycett Nigeria Ltd, Mr Ola Ojajuni, said that the project, which began in 2018, was designed to reposition the state’s tertiary institutions to world class-standards.
Ojajuni said that, when completed, the project would not only change how students and lecturers interact, but also how education was being delivered.