A team from the Government has been studying the South Korean education model.
A delegation from the Federal Government was led by Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), to investigate the South Korean smart education concept. The Federal Government was already developing 37 smart schools in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, according to Bobboyi, who spoke at the conclusion of the study tour (FCT). According to a statement released on Sunday in Abuja by the head of UBEC’s public relations, David Apeh, the delegation to South Korea included the chairs of some States’ Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBs) as well as senior representatives from UBEC, the Federal Ministry of Education, the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning and the National Teachers’ Institute (NTI).
The term “smart education” refers to the concept of education in the digital age, where the emphasis is on the role of technology in fostering engaging learning experiences to meet the various needs of learners. This is done through the creative application of information and communication technology. Noting the already friendly relationship between the two nations, he stated that the additional KOICA interventions will significantly deepen the mutually advantageous alliance between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and South Korea.
Establishing the smart schools would be a very high standard.
During the study tour, the delegation did stop by a few of the country’s smart schools, and this was where it became increasingly clear that the smart schools being established by the Federal Government were of exceptionally high standards and requirements of the best suited infrastructural facilities, cutting-edge tools and facilities, qualified and well-trained teachers, and the technologically advanced Blended Learning Methodology to be used. Apart from this, they also took part in some seminars.
These seminars included an interactive session where experts from UBION, the education technology provider hired by KOICA, and representatives of the South Korean Ministry of Education alternated in explaining the country’s rapid educational advancement and the meticulous procedures used to establish and maintain smart education. The delegation participated in a number of cultural tours, paid a courtesy call on His Excellency Alhaji Aliyu Magashi, the Nigerian ambassador to South Korea, and visited a few booths at the Edu Tech South Korea Fair.
Smart Education a content market with a variety of educational products.
According to Mr. Ju-Ho Lee, South Korea’s Minister of Education, Science, and Technology, the South Korean government is implementing smart education by setting up wireless networks in every school to enable students to learn wherever they are and whenever they choose, as well as by developing an education information system that can run on PCs, laptops, smart tabs, tablet PCs, and smart TVs. In order to give consumers access to high-quality educational information at a cheap cost, the government will also establish a national open content market with a variety of educational products. He said, how we view textbooks will alter as a result of Smart Education. Students will be freed from the burden of their bulky bags and be able to explore the world outside of the classroom thanks to the switch from traditional paper textbooks to digital ones.
The government has demonstrated the technology’s potential through trial runs since 2007. The business sector will have access to the utility platform and development standard, which will encourage corporate involvement and the growth of the smart education industry. The promotion of online classes is closely related to the use of digital textbooks with extensive material. Online courses not only make up for missed sessions, but they also make it possible for students to continue their studies when on leave from school due to illness or a disability. Even pupils in rural areas who were previously denied this right due to a shortage of subject teachers would be able to choose their study courses freely thanks to online lessons. Our kids have boundless potential. The best option for South Korea’s educational system to realize the aspirations and goals of all students in the twenty-first century is Smart Education.
South Korean education is a single-track system.
There are six years of elementary school, three years of middle school, three years of high school, and four years of undergraduate study in the single-track, 6-3-3-4 system that governs education in South Korea. Six years of elementary school and three years of middle school make up the nine years of required education. The first semester of an academic year runs from March to July, and the second semester runs from September to February.
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