Nigeria: Education Ministry Responds to Covid-19

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread across the globe, schools have been forced to shut down. The same has been the case in Nigeria with the federal government’s directive to shut down major cities in Nigeria. This has compelled the Federal Ministry of Education and the Universal Basic Education Commission, in collaboration with national and state agencies, to form a task team to draw up strategies and content for continuous learning.

The strategies and content produced by the task team should enable pupils and teachers utilise flexible and home-based learning programmes. The planned outputs will include reading materials, homework, radio, television and online content, which will be updated constantly during the crisis. The ministry said that the task team, with technical support from UNICEF, will establish communication channels to Commissioners of Education in the states, Heads of State Universal Basic Education Boards, and Permanent Secretaries of State Ministries of Education.

The Federal Ministry of Education also acknowledged that the challenges and opportunities presented by Covid-19 call for the deployment of e-learning solutions. The ministry said that the task team will produce online learning materials that the ministry will disseminate.

Source: Federal Ministry of Education

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