COVID-19: Lagos Permanent Secretary Wants Schools To Sustain E-learning Beyond COVID-19 Era

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By:  Idris Tele-Olukoya

Dr. Mrs. Olufolayimika Abiose Ayandele, Tutor General/Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Education District III, has called on the federal and state governments to sustain electronic learning they introduced in schools in the face of a novel coronavirus, to further preserve knowledge.

Ayandele told Waka About Africa, in Lagos, that knowledge was priceless.

”The current electronic means of teaching and learning is beautiful and innovative in the face of the pandemic ravaging the world.

”This should be sustained. Recorded knowledge is priceless, and we have come to appreciate this with the COVID-19 pandemic.

”Every negative situation comes with its merit. For us in Education District III, Lagos, it is an opportunity to bring our teachers close to our students, leveraging on technology.

”We have built user-friendly, customized access-controlled e-platforms for learning, to minimize the impact of mental idleness or boredom, which is one of the perils of this lockdown of schools,” she said.

According to her, teachers under District III have adopted new ways of teaching through the Interactive Boards and Simulated Recorded Class Environment. (IBSRC).

”I can tell you that our students feel excited about the advent of e-learning, initiated by the director/principal of schools.

”Another advantage of this new dawn is the emergence of an e-library that will serve as a resource now and in the future,” she said.

She added that the development opened an avenue for parents of students to be in the same chat room with their sons and daughters.

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”Those who are resourceful among us can now be in the same chat room with our students and share professional lessons in diverse fields.

”These are handled by renowned professionals in their respective fields,” she said.

She said that the lockdown of schools also provided an opportunity for students to connect with their teachers.

”Various other mentoring projects in diverse areas are being put together for the educational growth and psychological wellbeing of the students.

”Our teachers have, with great zeal and optimism, adopted a new technological approach to teaching and have become familiar with technological tools through the use of Zoom, Edmodo, Google Classroom, Telegram, Whatsapp, Webex, Free conference and other online avenues for teaching,” she said.

The Permanent Secretary commends Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on efforts to ensure the engagement of students while they stay at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I appreciate the Governor’s plans to use multiple media, including radio, TV, and the internet to reach out to the students.

“Lagos state has also worked on a technology device loaded with the Nigerian curriculum that the students can use while at home. This way, they will be able to continue learning, test themselves, and send answers to their teachers who are also equipped with the device.

“This and many more are the developmental initiatives of the Governor and Commissioner for education, which is worthy of commendation” she said.

Ayandele applauded the Commissioner for Education and Lagos State   Governor for their unflinching and unrelentless efforts in ensuring continuity in the education sector despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The governor called on well-meaning organizations to partner on the initiative and keep the children engaged and safe. It is through these partnerships that all students irrespective of financial standing can benefit from this initiative.


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