Is there any school in Nigeria whose learning activities is not largely affected by the ravaging COVID-19? Yes, there is! Read on and find out the secrets!!
The global educational sector is one of the worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. While many schools in developed countries with functional e-school platforms for distant learning may continue their studies, I bet you education in most African countries has come to a halt, abruptly, for fear of the spread of this dreaded virus that has humbled the whole world.
In Nigeria, most schools lacked the basic e-learning facilities, trained personnel and stable electricity supply to facilitate distance learning.
The case is more pathetic in public schools in rural areas where there are no good school buildings (classrooms, laboratories and offices) to accommodate teachers and pupils not to talk of housing computers!
It is not surprising that most of our pupils will be idle during this lock down period. Our prayers is that this pandemic be brought under control soon, as the long break in schooling has negative consequences.
Our tertiary institutions are not left out as recently decried by the Honourable Minister of Education, Mr. Adamu Adamu, who directed all heads of universities, polytechnics and colleges of education to resume school via virtual learning.
Various State Governments have however made efforts to reach out and engage their students especially those in SS3 preparing for WAEC and NECO examinations, via radio and TV teaching programs, with little results!
In Osun State, the story is the same, one would have thought that the ‘opo-imo’ (tablet of knowledge) initiative by the past administration would have salvage the situation in times like this but that dream is yet to materialize as educational programs has also been paralyzed.
Yet I know of a school in Osun whose academic operations is still ongoing, inspite of complying with government’s directives to close down the schools, learning isn’t paused!
Full revision classes where carried out online via virtual classrooms created for all students from JS1 to SS3 on Mondays to Fridays within the normal school period (8:00am to 2:50pm). The e-learning platform has been quite engaging and interactive as parents also monitor to ensure their wards attend classes regularly and punctually.
Sterling Integrated International College (SIICOL), situated in a serene environment at Sterling Hills, KM2 Oke-Ibode, Off Ilesa-Osogbo Road, Osun State with state-of-the-art laboratories, library, music and T.D. studios as well as recreational and health facilities, is unique in blending the traditional and virtual learning experiences.
Interacting with AdasiScience, the school’s Director of Studies, Dr. Olusola Fadeyi reiterated the need for all schools to explore modern educational technologies in line with global trends not only to facilitate quality teaching-learning processes but to produce scholars who can fit into our contemporary modern society.
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