Following the closure of schools nationwide to curtail the spread of coronavirus pandemic, the Federal Government has launched free e-learning portals for all students in primary and secondary schools.
According to Tribune Online, the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, announced this on Friday in Abuja during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
He said all students in Nigeria have been granted free access to following e-learning portals; the schoolgate.ng and the mobileclassroom.com.ng App. Mobile Classroom is an indigenous mobile application that enables students to learn audio-visually through devices like phones and computers.
It had earlier offered all Nigerian students free access to its online portal without subscription for the period of suspension of academic activities in schools nationwide. The minister said the timetable for online classes in all the states of the federation that have keyed into the programme have been provided in the platforms and could also be access at the Federal Ministry of Education website.
Nwajiuba said the Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Education, is collaborating with telecommunication sectors and network providers to grant the students free access to the portals on their mobile phones.
He added that online learning is being coordinated by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) in conjunction with the States Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBs).
According to Nwajiuba, Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu had also disclosed that Airtel Nigeria network users could already browse these e-learning portals for free while other telecom service providers like MTN, Glo, and 9mobile are currently making technical adjustment to their systems to accommodate this free access.
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