The Vice President of Nigeria Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is advocating for the design and development of suitable curriculum assessments and monitoring systems that will focus on improving the quality of education during and post-COVID-19 pandemic, adding that this requires urgent steps.
The Vice President stated this in Abuja on Tuesday at the 2020 Annual Education Conference.
The Vice president, represented by Minister of State for Education, Mr. Chukuemeka Nwajuiba, stated that the adaption of the curriculum was necessary to facilitate learning in hybrid schooling situations in view of the unexpected disruptions of education system by COVID-19 pandemic.
He said the possibilities of designing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics curricula such that they can be taught virtually should be worked out by appropriate government offices and stakeholders.
“The theme of this conference is a true reflection of an unusual global challenge faced by education in recent days.
“The emergence of Coronavirus pandemic has no doubt adversely affected the education sector and the economy at national and global levels.
“Let me point out that to cushion the effects of the pandemic, the world is embracing technological innovations. Virtual interactions have increasingly replaced face-to-face engagement and limit the total disruptions to many sectors,” he said.
Also at the event, the Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu reiterated the commitment of the ministry for continued deployment of technologies and the internet in education to ensure that online education became an integral component of school education.
The conference was organised by national and international partners in the education sector, and has the theme “Building an Effective, Resilient and Sustainable Education System for Nigeria’s during and Post-COVID-19 Pandemic: The Way Forward”.