The Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (Kaduna SUBEB) on Monday distributed 2,358 electronic tablets to 2,258 public primary schools as part of efforts to digitize the school attendance register in public schools.
Executive Chairman of the Board, Alhaji Tijjani Abdullahi, said at the distribution ceremony in Kaduna that the initiative falls under the World Bank-supported Best Education for All (BESDA) service delivery.
Abdullahi said the digital attendance register was a new disbursement link indicator (DLI), under the BESDA program, introduced to digitally document student attendance in schools.
He said the device would be used by education stakeholders to track student attendance, ensure school retention and completion, and improve decision-making and planning.
“A total of 2,358 tablets will be distributed to principals of 2,358 public primary schools in the state.
“This is to launch the state’s digital public school attendance register as part of the state’s digital transformation program for teaching and learning in public schools.
“In addition, the National Bureau of Statistics is set to conduct an independent verification exercise of BESDA activities for the benefit of public schools across the country.
“The digital attendance register will provide the necessary evidence during verification,” he said.
The SUBEB boss urged acting education secretaries, head teachers and school management committees, religious and traditional leaders to support the initiative.
This, he said, will allow stakeholders and the council to track children at risk of dropping out of school for retention.
He added that the tablet computers would be distributed to other schools, stressing that school leaders would be responsible for the efficient use and safety of the devices.
Education Commissioner Hajiya Halima Lawal said the state government will continue to deepen its pursuit of digital and online learning in public schools.
Lawal, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Dr. Haliru Soba, assured the commitment of the state government to increase investment in the education sector.
According to her, the goal is to improve learning outcomes in all public schools by addressing all concerns that hinder quality learning in public schools.
Earlier, the Education Management Information System Officer, Ms. Josephine Michael, pointed out that primary enrollment in public schools is generally very high.
Michael, however, said that over the years many students for socio-economic, cultural and environmental reasons have dropped out of school in large numbers and few have completed sixth grade.
According to her, the digital device will go a long way in tracking student attendance to ensure retention and completion.
Mr. Abdul Usman, Acting ES, Kaduna South Local Government Education Authority, thanked the World Bank and Kaduna SUBEB for the initiative and pledged the support of the Secretaries of Education to ensure success.
In addition, Mrs. Aisha Abdullahi, Principal of Kawo Research Model Primary School, assured the council that the devices would be used effectively to achieve the set goals. (NOPE)