Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Nigeria, primary, secondary and tertiary education stopped functioning in Nigeria with a large percentage of students “dropout” Which educationists in Nigeria didn’t forecast.
What Nigerian educationists forget is that the world is changing and the educational system is changing around the world. Established teaching methodologies are reaching their limits in most developed countries. New requirements are needed. In the search for solutions, technology is playing an increasingly prominent role, allowing for new approaches such as the “inverted classroom,” Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) and “mobile learning”.
Presently Nigeria has 43 Federal Universities, 52 State Universities, and 79 Private Universities; making it a total of 174 universities in Nigeria. In these 174 universities, only 11 universities operate distance learning programs, Which makes 6% of the total number of universities in Nigeria. Educationally speaking, only 6% of universities in Nigeria are capable to meet the new challenge of stay at home caused by COVID-19. What of other institutions (163)? What is their fate? Also, what is the fate of their students?
Mallam Adamu Adamu, minister of education, says there is an ongoing effort for students in higher institutions to receive lectures via the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) in this COVID-19 stay at the home era that’s very good.
A good Educationist will ask himself some question station at this new development in Nigeria. Such as how would we deliver this TV and Radio Teaching-Learning process in a country where there is no 24h power supply? Are our teachers trained to meet open and distance teaching-learning process? How are we going to evaluate students after each class? And many more questions which need to be clear before the implementation of such development in Nigeria.
There is a need for this pragmatic educational revolution in Nigeria to solve the high level of dropout in the country, to facilitate a learning process at students pace, to help students meet with world demand etc. The educational system in our country is as outdated as the word “education” even though there are reforms in our National Policy on Education (NPE), These reforms are only theoretical not pragmatic. I’m calling on concerned Educationists, to harmoniously work towards the “pragmatic” revolution in the educational system of NIGERIA.
ABOUT THE WRITER
I am Akanji Abdul Azeez (Educationist)
Akanji Abdul Azeez is an Educationist, an Humanitarian and a public administration student (ABU, Zaria)
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