In a bid to ensure Nigeria’s education system is at par with global standards, stakeholders in the sector have urged the Federal Government to increase investment in online learning platforms to alleviate the impact of the pandemic on education across the country.
These recommendations came as part of the education survey carried out by Eduplana, a civic organization in collaboration with Budgit and Oxfam, both tech-driven, and non- profit organizations.
Due to the impact of COVID-19 globally, the education of more than 1.9 million has been adversely affected. However, to bridge inequality among children from different social levels, Eduplana analyzed responses from over 1000 respondents across the 36 states and the FCT in Nigeria between July and August 2020.
The result of the survey revealed that about 70% of Nigerians were unable to access learning during the COVID-19 lockdown.
According to the World Economic Forum, COVID-19 pandemic is revolutionizing digital and online education globally but children in rural and underserved communities in Nigeria are being left behind as they are not equipped to adapt to the new methods of learning.
In the report, however, 66% of the survey respondents indicated they were not satisfied with government’s response to the development of online learning platforms, furthermore, 51% of the survey respondents want the government to invest in online learning platforms.
The Principal Lead and CEO of Budgit, Gabriel Okeowo emphasized the need for Nigeria to close the inequality gap in the country, He said, “In developed countries, schools were closed but learning did not stop due to their digital preparedness. However, this is not the case with Nigerian schools as basic learning stopped due to the schools’ inability to switch to digital learning platforms.
He also further added that “Rather than increase education investment government has further slashed budgetary allocation to the education sector.”