The Federal Government after much consideration and meetings has approved the online teaching learning for all the tertiary institutions the country.
Mallam Adamu – Minister of Education after meeting Vice Chancellors, Rectors and Provost in an open talk meeting on Thursday has approved and given this directive for the institutions to organise and commence online learning since the institutions were shutdown over the COVID-19 pandemic and no one knows either when the pandemic will be over.
The Minister of education on this note mandated universities, polytechnics and colleges of education to properly organize and activate the online learning where students can be taught through digital devices which has been rampant these days while the viral virus is being curtailed.
According to the minister in his statement, he said, “We are of course aware of ASUU strike which is still on, but federal government will work towards resolving the issue and meeting to the demands of the board so as to call off her ongoing indefinite strike of which the online teaching and learning will kick start.
The Minister of Education – Mallam Adamu made it known to Vice Chancellors, Rectors and other heads of tertiary institution that the Federal Government cannot curtail the shutdown of schools for a long period of time. He said this in his four and half hours teleconference meeting with the heads of institutions.
Most of the Vice Chancellors of private universities without much consideration agreed to the active and commence the online teaching and learning method since they have good and well functioning virtual learning systems. They as well claimed it will help their students in a real good way to be up and doing in academics even while staying at home.
In the teleconference meeting were a few persons physically present with the Minister:
Dr. Masa’udu Adamu Kazaure – Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education,
Prof. Abubakar Rasheed – Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC),
Prof. Ishaq Oloyede – Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB),
Dr. Hamid Bobboyi – Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission.
Mallam Adamu pleaded for positive response, he said, “We have to deploy all means to make sure education of our children is not stopped as we cannot therefore be held down by COVID-19 which has indeed changed everyone and everything, we on this note have to organize, create and implement the virtual learning method. We are in talk already with the World Bank and UNICEF on how to create platforms for virtual learning classrooms, we have to take advantage of technology like the case in other parts of the world.
The minister mandated private universities who aren’t involved with ASUU strike to commence with the virtual online teaching and learning method while the Federal Government works tirelessly to meeting and resolving issues with ASUU board over her ongoing strike.
Adamu made it clear after a statement by one of the Vice Chancellors that this learning method will not replace permanently the usual face-to-face teaching and learning between students and lecturers, it is being implemented to serve for the time we are in so as to not keep students at home doing nothing. He as well told the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) to work out ways on how primary school pupils and secondary school students could learn by using radio and television stations.
The virtual learning system will soon commence since the idea was heartily accepted by most Vice Chancellors who admitted they are fully equipped and set for it.