Prof. Adams Onuka, an education evaluation expert, University of Ibadan, says COVID -19 pandemic has done tremendous good to family settings, providing closer relationships between parents and their wards.
Onuka stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports while speaking on the 2020 Children’s day.
He said that such advantages presented by the effect of COVID-19 could be seen in terms of strengthened family ties, rebuilding family cohesion and parents taking up their roles of being the primary educator/teacher of their children.
“The parents’ participation in online learning to enhance their own digital compliance and to also guide their wards in learning, whether in their school initiated digital learning programmes or from some other learning resources has brought closer ties.
” There’s the possibility that we will be able to make up for the negative effects of COVID -19 in the immediate post COVID -19.
“There are equally several challenges facing the use of this new normal that is likely to remain even in the post COVID-19 era.
“These challenges include instability in power supply, the fact that public school teachers and children may not have the capacity to take the advantage of the new normal.
“Also, the facilities for sustainability are not readily available, the rural and the urban poor populations are likely to be left behind unless all public authorities take the necessary steps and reorder our national and sub-national priorities.
“Good enough, if the two levels of sub-national authorities, particularly the local government will take advantage of the new executive order, granting financial autonomy to them, to prioritise education, then we shall be able to make headway in the new way, whether on site or off site,” he said.
Onwuka said that teachers could also take advantage of the period of this lockdown to up their digital teaching prowess through many available webinars.
He said that children were the future of the globe and liked interacting with their peers one on one and to interactively learn in competition with one another.
“However, good enough, they also like to watch cartoons and seem to understand and be able to decipher the content of the cartoons better than adults.
“The latter is possible because they are digital natives.
“So, although they have been temporarily cut off from their peers, they are nevertheless, being kept busy with watching cartoons, some educational programs and others,” he said.(NAN)