By Damola Kola-Dare
Former ASUU Chairman, College of Ilorin (UNILORIN) chapter, Dr Taiwo Oloruntoba-Oju has urged authorities to fully overhaul the training sector in any respect ranges after the COVID-19 pandemic dies down. He maintained it will assist the nation successfully deal with future challenges.
“COVID-19 is one other wake- up name for the administration and overhauling of the training sector in Nigeria. The necessity for a stable instructional base as a manner of staving off catastrophe has by no means been extra obtrusive. And this considerations each degree of training,” he stated.
He lamented the surge within the variety of out-of-school kids, noting that it’s an invite to catastrophe. He additionally advocated coaching at a foundational stage that features well being considerations.
He stated: “First, having uneducated kids roaming aimlessly about is all the time a recipe for catastrophe.Each school-age little one should be in class. Second, coaching on the earliest phases should incorporate well being considerations, within the type of hygiene training and sensible coaching – wash your arms, don’t throw filth together with items of paper, orange peelings, simply anyplace, keep away from contamination, don’t eat simply something or compromise your immunity anyhow however slightly construct it.”
Oloruntoba-Oju, additionally stated it was essential to construct a scientific consciousness from the foundational phases, in order to nurture residents that may remedy sensible issues.
“It’s disheartening to listen to such unscientific statements in some quarters as, ‘Oh it was God that despatched the Coronavirus’, or ‘Oh it doesn’t have an effect on black folks’. The flexibility of a rustic to stave off disasters is instantly proportionate to the state of training of the citizenry,” he stated.
He additionally urged authorities to decide to correct funding of the training sector as a result of lack of funding would make the nation prone to disasters.
Oloruntoba-Oju stated: “It is a time to stress the worth of training basically, as a protecting useful resource through enlightenment and improvement of the thoughts.
It isn’t a time to show a lackadaisical angle in direction of training. Analysis is required to find the trajectory of the virus and the illness throughout the tropics and conquer it throughout the particular surroundings of this nation.
Within the Western world, the colleges are main the battle towards COVID-19 as a result of they’re effectively funded and effectively geared up. That’s the correct mannequin to observe.”