The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu on Thursday during an opened talks with 237 Vice Chancellors, Rectors and provost has directed all Varsities, polytechnics and colleges of education to activate virtual learning environment to enable students continue their studies through digital devices.
He noted that, although the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is on strike, government will do its best to resolve the labour crisis.
Adamu, in a teleconference meeting which lasted four and half hours with the Vice Chancellors and other heads of Varsities/polytechnic from his home in Abuja, maintained that the Federal Government, cannot afford to shut schools for a long time.
He said he called the meeting to find solutions to the challenges posed to the nation’s varsities/polytechnics calendar by COVID-19.
This is the second meeting I am having. We are already speaking with the World Bank and UNICEF on how to create platforms for virtual learning classrooms.
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Responding to a question, the Minister said: “As for the strike action, we will try to resolve issues with ASUU to have synergy.
“But the private universities that are not on strike can start with virtual learning while we are finding solutions to issues between the Federal Government and ASUU.”
Although a Vice Chancellor of a second generation university said “the e-platforms cannot replace face-to-face contacts with students,” the Minister said: “This is a period we have to make use of the platforms available, we cannot keep students at home.”
He also asked the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) to work out modalities on how primary school pupils and secondary students could learn by using radio and television stations.
At the time of writing this report no official date was given by the minister of education for the digital reopening of polytechnics/varsities.