By Felix Oladeji
Sir: Typically, once you suppose you could have heard the worst about what’s going on in Nigeria, that’s just the start of contending with the unimaginable.
As a citizen you recognize that there are apparent anomalies, however you must work out these items your self. Think about the president of the Educational Workers Union of Universities (ASUU), Professor Biodun Ogunyemi publicly declaring that digital studying can not work in Nigeria now!
I’ve tried in useless to know the precise level that the ASUU president was attempting to make. I additionally don’t suppose that the challenges confronting Nigeria within the space of digital studying are so unconquerable to warrant such a particular verdict from the chief of Nigeria’s tutorial physique.
Is the ASUU president telling us that Nigerian college students are so sluggish in studying that they received’t perceive ideas and displays when delivered on-line?
Maybe Ogunyemi has a special definition of on-line instructing. In any other case, on-line instructing as we typically perceive it to imply, is just utilizing digital know-how and media to ship, assist and improve each studying and instructing.
Nigeria doesn’t must give you any particular invention to supply on-line instructing neither is that this factor rocket science So, I don’t know why the ASUU president is giving the impression that Nigerian lecturers need to go to house to discover ways to ship on-line lectures.
The Olabisi Onabanjo College professor is giving the world the impression that Nigerian lecturers are backward and behind their counterparts the world over and that is clearly not true.
In spite of everything, many of those lecturers go for his or her sabbaticals overseas and do effectively in universities that function digital instructing. Lengthy earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic, many establishments have been combining e-learning and face-to-face interactions.
They’ve been deploying academic know-how to fulfill the wants of their college students. It’s unhealthy sufficient that Nigeria and its establishments are lagging behind others on this space; and it turns into worse when the educational group is seen as deifying the issue.
ASUU has been on strike for greater than three months. One can not fault the union’s patriotic wrestle to enhance the funding of public universities in Nigeria.
Actually, the state of our public establishments is nothing to put in writing residence about. Our leaders appear too determined to kill public universities, as they did public main and secondary colleges. They don’t thoughts doing this as a result of their youngsters don’t attend these establishments.
If not for COVID-19 and the attendant closure of many nations’ airports, we might have been regaled with images of our lawmakers, governors, ministers and different senior public officers and their youngsters graduating from Ivy League universities overseas.
Our leaders are shameless! They don’t thoughts stealing from Nigeria to develop different nations’ economies.
Agreed, Nigerian leaders have their catalogue of issues. However, ASUU may have began utilizing the so-called weak to non-existent ICT infrastructure in our universities for on-line instructing and within the course of draw consideration to the issue.
Maybe, authorities would have been pressured to channel a part of the donation for COVID-19 in direction of the supply of on-line schooling in Nigeria. If ASUU is insisting on persevering with with its strike, that’s tremendous. However the tutorial union can not less than put together itself for the inevitable.
Telling us that on-line instructing belongs to the longer term in current day Nigeria is hogwash. Babcock College is a Nigerian college.
The college churned out a recent batch of graduating college students amid this pandemic. What number of expatriates does Babcock have in its school? There isn’t any level capturing down the net instructing technique utilized by any college right here. Who says every little thing the establishments overseas are doing is ideal? They’re additionally studying from their errors.
Universities are established to create options to societal issues. It’s irregular for the educational group that ought to have been on the forefront of offering options to the nation’s issues to publicly declare that an issue can’t be solved.
Ordinarily, challenges should carry the very best out of lecturers. In spite of everything, the value of managers is of their capacity to handle disaster.
We are able to not be speaking about knowledge price as whether it is an insurmountable situation. We’ve got telecoms corporations that give their subscribers as a lot as 5 occasions price of knowledge in every kind of promos.
Are we saying these telecoms corporations can not work out higher preparations for college students and lecturers in our universities? Let’s face it.
It might be an enormous enterprise deal for any telecoms agency that may work with any college to offer web connectivity and different issues referring to digital studying. Till universities begin this on-line instructing, they will’t know the probabilities therein.
I do know that perspective and behavior matter when adapting to any type of know-how. Whereas it will not be unusual for some lecturers to be reluctant in migrating on-line, the educational physique ought to be encouraging its members to do the needful. Having the suitable mindset is significant to profitable deployment of schooling know-how.