Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu has ordered Higher institutions to reopen for teaching but through the electronic platform.
The decision follows the uncertainty surrounding when the Coronavirus pandemic will end.
Bittertruth Media recalls that the Minister had earlier directed the closure of all tertiary institutions in a bid to curb the spread of the Coronavirus in Nigeria.
However, as the situation persists, Mallam Adamu said He has opened talks with 237 Vice Chancellors, Rectors and Provosts on how to reopen using virtual learning.
He therefore directed all universities, polytechnics and colleges of education to activate virtual learning environment to enable students to continue their studies through digital devices.
This decision is coming amidst the ongoing strike by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
While most Vice Chancellors of private universities embraced the idea and expressed readiness to reopen because they claimed that they have top grade virtual learning system, same can not be said of public higher institutions.
“We cannot be held down by COVID-19, we have to deploy all e-platforms to keep our universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and other schools open.
“COVID-19 has changed everybody. I am pleading with you to device alternative ways make sure the education of our children will not stop. We have to create virtual learning environment.
“This is the second meeting I am having. All I want is that we should fully engage our students. We are already speaking with the World Bank and UNICEF on how to create platforms for virtual learning classrooms.
“We need to take advantage of technology like the case in other parts of the world. We cannot shut down all schools when we have other means to teach our students,” the Minister said.
Mallam Adamu also asked the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) to work out modalities on how primary school pupils and secondary students could learn by using radio and television stations.
“We will work out how we can involve state governments to use radio and television stations.