Bayelsa Govt partner Microsoft to train 12,000 teachers on digital transformation in schools

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The Bayelsa State Government has partnered Microsoft on the training of 12,000 teachers on digital transformation network programme in both public and private schools across the state.

The partnership is also expected to train over 90,000 pupils across the state on digital and computer education in the state.

The State Commissioner of Education, Hon. Gentle Emelah, who made this known yesterday in Yenagoa during the Education Transformation workshop for Directors and Head of Agencies in the State Ministry of Education, said the partnership is part of the processes ahead of the proposed Education summit to develop a 15 years policy to revamp education in the state.

Hon. Gentle Emelah, who interacted with top executives of Microsoft virtually including the Microsoft Middle East and Africa (MEA) Education Team, Jaye Richards-Hill, argued there must be a paradigm shift in the state educational sector despite the issues of paucity of funds in the state.

Emelah during discussion admitted that the two problems noticed in the state education sector are issues of shortage of teachers and inadequate infrastructures, “we have come together to discuss issues affecting the primary and secondary education. We are planning a shift from certificate education to technology and digital based education that will make pupils be employable.”

He noted that the education sector in the state, some years back, experienced a down turn. But with practical efforts by the state government, the state was ranked among the first five among comity of states.

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