OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has called on the Federal Ministry of Education to urgently develop a national policy and framework for online education for schools at various levels.
The lawmakers 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.
The resolutions were reached on Tuesday sequel to a motion on public national importance brought by Mr. Aniekan Umanah (PDP, Akwa Ibom).
While leading debate on the motion, Umanah said the outbreak of the coronavirus has altered the educational calendar globally as report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has further disclosed that most governments around the world have temporarily closed schools in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus.
He informed that the nationwide closures were impacting negatively on over 72% of the world student population, thereby causing setbacks to academic endeavours with far reaching impacts on more vulnerable, disadvantaged and developing countries around the world such as Nigeria.
He however revealed that the Covid-19 induced schools closure has kept over 1.2 billion children out of classrooms and as a result, education has changed drastically, 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 nation’s 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 preparations.
“The e-learning approach takes time and a gradual system of learning. Schools and colleges would have to develop a modular structure, database and learning pattern supported with efficient communication and internet back bone.
The motion was adopted and referred to the House Committees on Basic and Tertiary Education to ensure compliance.