Adedoyin Adesina, chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Lagos chapter, says the country’s renewed drive for online education can’t replace the classrooms but can curb redundancy among students.

Adesina was speaking to NAN on the newfound strategies being deployed across states amid the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown towards ensuring that students’ learning isn’t greatly disrupted.

His statement was against the backdrop of private proprietors’ alleged plan to resume academic activities for the 2019/2020 session using online teachings.

The NUT chairman said that parents have been complaining of the high fees being demanded by the privately own schools towards teaching their students online for the third term.

Adesina warned that it would not go down well if the online teachings are used as an alternative to classroom activities.

“Online teachings cannot replace classroom teachings but it is an alternative to curb redundancy amongst students,” the chairman said.

“Since the fight against the Coronavirus disease surfaced, the Lagos State Ministry of Education had done well since March to engage students with online teachings.

“We don’t know how long the COVID-19 situation will last, but we are hopeful that it would soon be over and everything would resume.”

The ministry of education recently warned the private schools against using the proposed resumption of schools come April 27, as third term for the 2019/2020 calendar.

It had stated that all schools in Lagos are to remained closed until further notice as the state continues to offer free teachings on various media, especially radio and television.



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