A community leader in Usi-Ekiti, Chief Abraham Adeloye, has called on the Federal and State Governments to reform the nation’s educational system to conform and align with the recent development.
Adeloye, a retired administrator, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Usi-Ekiti, Ido/Osi Local Government area of Ekiti.
He said that the call became necessary to allow for a collective stakeholders’ responsibility in redefining, re-strategising education policies and programmes to function effectively amidst the raging COVID-19 pandemic.
According to him, recent reports and studies globally have shown that we, as humans have to adjust and learn to live with the pandemic as there seem to be no cure in sight.
“I think it’s high time stakeholders in the education sector, especially policy makers and regulators come together in seeking reliable and workable remedy in saving the sector from imminent collapse amidst COVID-19 pandemic.
“No nation can be said to be higher than its educational development; the status of any nation in terms of its socioeconomic development largely depends on the standard and level of its education sector development.
“Rather than engaging in endless discussion and buck passing, it’s time we synergise and engage in the needed reform tailored toward giving the sector the desired facelift for our present and future generation,” he said.
Adeloye said the recent development in the country requires adequate budgetary allocation to the education sector, urging the National Assembly to consider such intervention as a matter of urgent national importance.
He also called for a broader, wider and all encompassing stakeholders collective responsibility, at the Local, State and Federal levels, in fashioning a way forward out of the present logjam in the sector.
“Even, the recent ease of lockdown on some categories of students to resume academic sessions have not been fully or not implemented at all in many states.
“There is the need for a clear cut policy on the modus operandi of such exercise in order to achieve the desired objectives as most schools are yet to come to terms with the Federal Government’s directives.
“There is the need for workable synergy among all tiers of government on one part, the teachers, parents, students themselves including other critical stakeholders on the other to achieve results,” he said.
Adeloye suggested massive investment in technological intervention through adoption and adequate deployment of Information, Communication Technology (ICT) to aid studying and learning amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to him, most students in developed countries have continued to gain access to quality education, through the internet and distance learning, in spite of the lockdown.
“As more countries joined in closing schools over COVID-19, more creativity are needed to revive the education sector from imminent collapse, and Nigeria is not an exception.
“Many countries have turned to distance learning as a means of mitigating for lost time in school. China, Italy, France, Germany and Saudi Arabia are good examples.
“While massive investment in infrastructure and connectivity are critical, teachers’ and administrators’ familiarity with the tools through trainings and processes are also key factors in providing distance learning,” he said.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
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