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Osun State Schools Go Digital with Opon Imo

OSUN OPON IMO

STUDENTS IN OSUN DISPLAYING COMPUTER TABLETS DISTRIBUTED ACROSS THE STATE

The launch of a digital tablet of knowledge known as Ópon Imo’ by the Osun State government last week in Lagos, will boost learning from the old traditional method to digital learning across schools in the state, the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Grace Laoye-Tomori, has said.

Laoye-Tomori who doubles as the Commissioner for Education in the state, revealed that the launch of ‘Opn Imo’ would save the state over N8.4 billion annually on conventional books that will be distributed online to schools, via ‘Opon Imo’.

The tablet is preloaded with lesson notes in 17 subjects offered by students in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), National Examination Council (NECO), and Senior School Certificate in Education (SSCE). It also contains six extra-curricular subjects, including sexuality education, Yoruba history and Yoruba traditional religion.

Addressing journalists at the launch the deputy governor said “the digital school tablet is an indigenous Computer Programmed Instructor (CPI) with locally produced content and designed for the Nigerian secondary education system.”

She explained that the ‘Opon Imo’ was developed out of the need to develop an efficient knowledge economy and the state’s desire to build knowledge based society.

“In common place with global practice, the administration has taken concrete steps towards ensuring that our students are Information and Communication Technology (ICT) compliant both for learning and self-development, she said”.

She said over 40,000 past examination questions spanning a period of 10 years for private simulation practice, are all embedded in the digital tablet.

According to her, the facility comes with 63 e-text books, covering 17 subjects that students do register for in examinations.
Apart from the e-text books that are embedded in the tablet, it also has 51 video tutorials installed as study aid.

She explained that tablet would make teaching and learning exciting to teachers and the students in the state, adding that the e-books that are embedded in the tablet will remove the burden of the prohibitive costs of conventional textbooks and will afford the students, easy access to knowledge necessary for brilliant performances in various examinations.

The state has already signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Chinese firm to establish a factory in Oshogbo , the state capital to mass produce the digital tablet.
She explained that the state government was challenged by the low level of education in the state, which had lingered during past administrations in the state.

“The present state government, led by Rauf Aregbesola, met the educational system of the state in a near collapsed state, and will do everything to revamp the standard of education in the state, Laoye-Tomori said.

Source: ThisDay Live

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7 Comments for “Osun State Schools Go Digital with Opon Imo”

  1. Bayo Omolola

    Can someone who knows the truth set Osun State from lie fabricators? Here is a message I read this morning:

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    > Thanks for seeking to know what is not clear to you sir. Of course you and i know that the Deputy Governor doubles as the commissioner of Education, a situation to me that i will say is not ideal. Is Aregbe saying no capable hands to occupy that office within the state? The answer to that is not far fetched as we know that only those that come from Lagos with him are seeing as the best hands. We have the likes of his PA that generated the memo the Opon imo, we also have Ilori who is the one controlling issues on environment while the commissioner don’t know and have details of how environment issues is been run in the state.
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    > Coming down to issue of the Opon imo, am sure you can’t find where I was against it, but rather against the modules operandi around it. Lets take issue of solar your raised as been addressed by the Deputy Governor, as an IT person with knowledge in solar, i can authoritatively tell you that the project is dead on arrival. Lets go to basis, to use solar to power the laptops, solar panel with its full components,as to be installed in all the schools,and normal wiring of the classrooms has to take place for charging process. The cost of doing that and maintenance is enough to say that it is not visible and that the naija factor you mentioned is fully at played here.

    Also, remember that this process is suppose to,help students study even when at home. How many of these homes have the said panel not to talk of generator. So what will be the overhead cost for all these? Is it the same parents that are not been paid regularly that will sustain that at home? Why didn’t they take this to cognizance while making the plan and pronouncement ? It is not about how beautiful a concept is, but rather on how practicable it is.

    You might wish to ask them that how many schools have the solar panel in Osun State already? I wonder why the elephant project in the first instance. But you know what, I know somebody is somewhere dictating what to be done for peculiarly interest.

    Having said that, you and i know that the better and reliable source still remains NEPAL, but in this case they are not seeing it as same. Time will tell, and those involved at spending our common wealth wrongly shall be brought to book.

    Morgan Omodu.

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    > Alagba Afis,
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    > Thanks for seeking to know what is not clear to you sir. Of course you and i know that the Deputy Governor doubles as the commissioner of Education, a situation to me that i will say is not ideal. Is Aregbe saying no capable hands to occupy that office within the state? The answer to that is not far fetched as we know that only those that come from Lagos with him are seeing as the best hands. We have the likes of his PA that generated the memo the Opon imo, we also have Ilori who is the one controlling issues on environment while the commissioner don’t know and have details of how environment issues is been run in the state.
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    > Coming down to issue of the Opon imo, am sure you can’t find where I was against it, but rather against the modules operandi around it. Lets take issue of solar your raised as been addressed by the Deputy Governor, as an IT person with knowledge in solar, i can authoritatively tell you that the project is dead on arrival. Lets go to basis, to use solar to power the laptops, solar panel with its full components,as to be installed in all the schools,and normal wiring of the classrooms has to take place for charging process. The cost of doing that and maintainance
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    > Morgan Omodu.
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    > Sent from my iPad
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    > On May 9, 2013, at 4:26 PM, afis wrote:
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    >> Alagba Morgan:
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    >> Mrs Tomori is the Educ. commissioner and she launched the Opon Imo this March. However, Naija factor, instead of waiting for the Chinese Factory to open its manufacturing plants in Osogbo, the government jumped the gun by “launching” before productions.
    >> What I understand is that the “Opon Imo” won’t need NEPA.
    >> Alagba Morgan, this project may be the best innovation that Nigeria ever known. And its going to create job opportunities in the communities. All round win-win situation.
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    >> Alagba Morgan, if the “Opon Imo” was launched by Mrs Tomori, the Osun Educ commissioner in March 2013, and she enumerated all their plans, where did you get this statement from?
    >> Alagba Morgan’s statement: “The approval right also as we were made to know didn’t follow due process as the commissioner of Education seems not to know details about the whole process.”
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    >> What details are you implying, Alagba Morgan?
    >> I think the building of a factory and commencement of operations may be causing major delays.
    >> The only thing I might fault the governor on, is that he should have waited and have the production line working before all these fanfares.
    >> PDP may derail the project, just as NPN derailed the Jakande’s railway project.
    >> We live by history, Alagba Morgan.
    >> Shikena.
    >> afis
    >> Re: [NIgerianWorldForum] AREGBESOLA’S LAUNCH OF OPON AIMO POSTPONED INDEFINITELY.
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    >> Alagba Afis,
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    >> Yes it is a laudable idea and the one of the best innovaton, however the situation on ground did not favour it in the state yet. Am sure their will be a well researched proposal for the project which did not take into cognizance the power generation in Nigeria and most especially the end users as the case may be. Let us even assume the schools are powered with electric light how many of the students parents have generator to power same in their homes? Let us also assume that he provided generator for the schools, what of the cost of maintainable and its sustainability? So it is not about a well delivered lecture, that am sure was prepared by the consultant in charge, what should be of utmost importance to us is is how practical it can be in our clime taking into cognizance all variable factors.
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    >> Having said this, the cost coated for the provision of the ‘O’ Opon imo’ is quite outrageous compare to when the books are procured for the students use as it is usually the case in states implementing free education. The approval right also as we were made to know didn’t follow due process as the commissioner of Education seems not to know details about the whole process.
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    >> Finally, your last statement captured it all, naija factor is a strong one that affects such things. But the question again here is why allow naija factor at the point of implementation. If the factor can not affect the fund disbursement?
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    >> Morgan Omodu.
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    >> Sent: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 7:29 PM
    >> Subject: AREGBESOLA’S LAUNCH OF OPON AIMO POSTPONED INDEFINITELY.
    >> Alagba Morgan, what were your objections over the Computers project?
    >> Just in brief: I do think it is one of the most innovative of this millennium. I read Aregbesola’s speech to Harvard students, where he explained the project. In my view there is nothing wrong with such a project. Maybe with better planning and elimination of Naija factors, it is doable.
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    >> Can you refresh our collective memory, pls.
    >> Thanks
    >> Afis On Wednesday, May 8, 2013, Morgan Omodu wrote:
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    >> Mr. Tokunbo,
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    >> Thanks for bringing this to the forum once again to further show the type of leadership is existing in Osun state. I remember when we criticized the project and the approval process some times ago, the cyber rants of Ogbeni resulted to names calling. Now that they have suspended it, what happens to the Money? I hope Oyinbo man has not done wayo again for us o?
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    >> Shei, can you please avail us reasons given for the postponement. Morgan Omodu.
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    >> On May 8, 2013, at 6:32 PM, Tokunbo Omole wrote:
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    >>> Often time, our people have been able to expose the fraud that has shrouded the so called Computer tablet “Opon aimo” that was purportedly imported by the Ruafu Aregbesola’s government in Osun state for Students of our secondary schools. It is important to affirm further that there’s no equality in the cluelessness of the Aregbesola’s government, a government which claimed to have imported “Computers” for secondary schools students in schools that are mostly not connected to any power source nor most of the residences where majority of the students ails from which are yet to boast of any meaningful source of energy to continuously sustain the energy requirement to operate such tools like a computer.
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    >>> In all, the much anticipated launch of the Opon aimo has been indefinitely postponed according to an advertorial by the Osun state government as published in the Vanguard Newspaper today. It has always been asserted that the Ruafu Aregbesola’s government in Osun state trades perfectly in lies an
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  2. Omooba

    Engr Aregbesola has done wonderfully well in many areas of social, economic and infranstructural development of Osun State. I and other objective minded people in the state can testify to this, sentiment and propaganda aside. BUT this one about Opon Imo distributed across the secondary schools in the state is an obvious lie. His Excellency should eschew all forms of lie and deceit that can compromise the good will and respect he enjoys presently in the state. Honestly, all the good things he has achieved are good enough for publicity, without adding deceit and embarking on needless project that will not yeild all positive result down the road. However, if the Chinesse company will come to Osun state to mass produce the customized lap top, then the tax payers’ money expended on it can yield something later in the future, when the state begins to collect tax from the company and number of Osun indigenes that will be employed. Good luck to the political “Omoluabi.”

  3. Bayo Omolola

    One rotten apple! One big lie is one big failure if the information is true! Neutral bodies are watching the election campaigns of those who aspire to be governors in the state.

  4. Yemko

    Osun govt are run on paper with lies and propagander. Aregbe change dat ur style, Osun is wise more dan u and ur Lagos loyalist dat want 2 use our wealth 4 their benefit. 2014 shall judge.

  5. Bayo Omolola

    “Statetism” and localism” are not the right yardstick to measure performance. Visible projects and transparent conduct should be used instead. Countries that have succeeded in their development projects stress what people can do, not where they come from. If there is one thing that should be off the record to make Nigeria progress is localizing things without transparency and patriotism. Those in the government of Osun State are Yoruba. All Yoruba have their root in Ife which is the ancestral home of all the Yoruba sons and daughters. I have always wondered why people keep complaining about Lagos people coming to work in Osun State. Nobody complaint when Ogbeni Aregbesola was a commissioner in Lagos. Senator Mudashir was a legislator representing Lagos before shifting to Osun to represent the state in the Senate. Nothing is wrong as long as people work in the interest of the public. Looting and lack of progress are what deserve complaints and chasing away of any incompetent hands. Awareness need to be created and disseminated on this issue.

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