clear after taking a motion brought on the floor by Rep. Aniekan Umanah
noted that “the outbreak of the Coronavirus has altered the educational
calendar globally and then urged the Ministry of Education, to include in
primary and secondary school curricula, online education and e-learning, to
carry along millions of children who are out of schools as a result of the
effect of COVID 19.
Governments around the world have temporarily closed schools in an attempt to
contain the spread of the virus; these nationwide closures are impacting over
72% of the world student population. This has brought significant setback to academic
endeavours with far-reaching impacts on more vulnerable and disadvantaged
countries developing world such as Nigeria”.
schools closure has kept over 1.2 billion children out classrooms and as a
result, education has changed dramatically, with the distinctive increase in
the use of e-Learning, whereby teaching is undertaken remotely and on digital
platforms. This sudden event has caused a shift from the classrooms in our
Nations schools, teachers and students have been forced to adjust and adapt to
this unplanned and rapid move to online teaching and learning with no
structure, training and equipment tools and are faced with inadequate
and a progressive learning method. Schools and colleges would need to develop a
modular structure, database and learning pattern supported by efficient
communication and the Internet backbone.
Government, through the Ministry of Education announced a free e-learning
portal intended to create access to online education across the nation, as well
as radio and television classrooms. But this has remained intentions as reports
indicate that this is not working and therefore not serving the desired need of
closing the educational gaps, due to lack of instructional design and
implementation”, but there was a ” lack of cognitive psychology tools to
Gbajabiamila presiding, also urged other educational regulatory bodies across
the country, to incorporate online education and modular system into the
educational curriculum in schools across the country”.
tertiary education were also directed by the Green Chamber, to ensure
the Federal Ministry of education to urgently develop a National Policy and
framework for online education for schools at various levels.