In an effort to ensure Nigeria’s education system is in line with global standards, stakeholders in the sector have called on the government to increase investment in online learning platforms to reduce the effects of the pandemic on education across the country.
These suggestions were made in the light of the education survey conducted by Eduplana, a civic organisation in partnership with Budgit and Oxfam, both tech-driven and non-profit organisations.
Recently, the findings of this survey were launched during a webinar.
As a result of the global effects of COVID-19, more than 1.9 million education has been adversely affected. However, in order to bridge gaps between children from various social strata, Eduplana examined responses from more than 1,000 respondents across 36 states and the FCT in Nigeria between July and August 2020.
The survey found that around 70 per cent of Nigerians were unable to access learning during the COVID-19 lock-up.
According to the World Economic Forum, COVID-19 pandemic is revolutionising digital and online education globally but children in rural and underserved communities in Nigeria are being left behind as they are not equipped to adapt to the new methods of learning.
In the report however, 66 percent of the survey respondents indicated they were not satisfied with government’s response to the development of online learning platforms.
Furthermore, 51 percent of the survey respondents wants government to invest in online learning platforms.
Gabriel Okeowo, the Principal Lead and CEO of Budgit emphasised the need for Nigeria to close the inequality gap in the country.
He said: “In developed countries, schools were closed but learning did not stop due to their digital preparedness. However, this is not the case with Nigerian schools as basic learning stopped due to the schools’ inability to switch to digital learning platforms.
“Rather than increase education investment government has further slashed budgetary allocation to the education sector.”
An officer of the Human Development Initiative,Mrs Bolanle Dare, also appealed to government to ensure schools adhere strictly to COVID-19 guidelines through proper monitoring by quality assurance officers.