Post Covid-19: Rivers Govt to sustain digital learning programme

From Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt

The Rivers State Ministry of Education has said that the digital learning programme anchored by the state government will be sustained beyond physical resumption of schools.

The state Commissioner for education, Prof Kaniye Ebeku, stated this during a press briefing in Port Harcourt, in commemoration of the 2020 International Literacy Day.

Ebeku advocated for full introduction of digital learning in the Nigerian education system, noting that the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the lapses of the educational system
He said: “e-learning has come to stay with us and it will be a sad day as it were now, if we open face to face and we go back to the way we use to do things normally and do not bother about pursuing the other stream of learning.
“Under my watch I will still need people to do what I know is needful. With the capacity that has been built, I know we are ready to run.”

Speaking on the theme “Literacy teaching and learning in the Covid19 crises and beyond, especially the role of educators and new pedagoies,” Prof Ebeku observed that the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the deficiency of the conventional learning style.

He said “We suddenly found ourselves in a crises situation caused by Covid-19 and this crises has impacted negatively in our system by forcing schools to shut down.

The Education Commissioner also noted that it will be shoddy to return to the old pattern of teaching without incorporating the new stream of learning
“E-learning has come to stay with us. We cannot return to old pattern of learning. it will be a sad day not to bother to pursue the other stream of learning”

Ebeku explained further that the introduction of digital learning in schools shortly after the outbreak of the virus in the country by the Rivers state government is to mitigate the impact on the future of the Rivers students.

He explained that “as a state government as we were trying to make sure that COVID-19 does not compromise the future of our students. We deployed digital learning through radio and television to reach out to the people and break the barriers caused by the pandemic.”

He revealed plans by the state ministry to incorporate adult Education into the state government powered digital learning program.

“We employ those in the adult literacy to cash into the. We can take a day dedicated to reach the adult people due the complexity in their teaching process.

“Our digital learning is broadened to reach those in the rural area and this has helped in the education of adult, he said.

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