BASIC EDUCATION MUST FIND A WAY TO GO ON DURING THE LOCKDOWN

It is common knowledge that schools across the country were supposed to have reopened last month May 2020 but could not as a result of the lockdown necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.

The federal government though trying to reopen the economy in phases, is yet to give permission for school to be reopened.

Some parents who spoke with Celevids News over the weekend while trying to get the views of the public on the state of education during the lockdown praised the efforts of most schools who have made a way to reach out to school pupils academically.

Mrs Omali Beatrice who has 2 children in primary school told our correspondent that her children’s school has provided some form of learning for them.

In her words Mrs Omali Beatrice said “my children’s school Learners Citadel located in Gbagada, Lagos had to organise e-learning for all the pupils since this lockdown. If not for that, the children would have been lagging behind because only God knows when this lockdown will be over and you don’t expect children to just sit at home like that doing nothing.”

Mrs Tumise who has 4 children both at primary and secondary school levels said “my fear is how will these children meet up and cover the time lost but thank God for the e-learning method the schools are using now, the children are able to learn something every day at least.”

Speaking to a school proprietress Mrs Bamidele Johnson of Well-Spring Academy in Okokomaiko, Lagos, our correspondent discovered that though the school owners are faced with serious loss of revenue at the moment, they are still passionate about delivering teaching services to the pupils in anyway possible.

According to Mrs Johnson, “all our planning financial-wise have been disrupted by this lockdown. We do not even know how we are going to pay our teachers. Nevertheless we must put the academic needs of our students as our number 1 priority. Hence we have put in place modalities to try and reach them at home through e-learning. At least we will try every means possible to cover major parts of the school syllabus then pick up from wherever we stopped whenever the government deems it fit to reopen the school.”

The chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 Boss Mustapha has stated that the Federal government was doing its best to ensure the economy goes back to normal as soon as possible. However, the lives of school children cannot be put in danger while at it. The chairman has said that the task force in conjunction with the federal government and other stakeholders will come up with guidelines and modalities for a smooth reopening of schools across the country.

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