Coronavirus: Nigeria's education will witness revolution after COVID-19 pandemic - TRCN

Coronavirus: Nigeria's education will witness revolution after COVID-19 pandemic - TRCN

- The TRCN has made a prediction about what would happen in the education sector after COVID-19

- Professor Segun Ajiboye, the TRCN's registrar, said Nigeria's education would witness a revolution after the pandemic

- Ajiboye noted that COVID-19 has thrown up a challenge for a paradigm shift in the way teachers are trained and the way learning is executed in Nigeria

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The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) has said that an unprecedented revolution would characterise the teaching profession in Nigeria after the coronavirus pandemic.

Legit.ng's regional reporter in Ibadan, Ridwan Kolawole, reports the registrar/chief executive officer of the TRCN, Professor Segun Ajiboye, who dropped the hint said the faculties of education and colleges of education need to review their curricula.

Ajiboye had on Monday, April 27, said that the teaching profession would witness a total revolution after COVID-19 pandemic is over.

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He said faculties of education and colleges of education needed to review their curricula to include technology-driven training and preparations.

Ajiboye noted that COVID-19 has thrown up a challenge for a paradigm shift in the way teachers are trained and the way learning is executed in Nigeria.

Ajiboye stated this shortly after featuring on a Radio programme in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state.

Coronavirus: Nigeria's education will witness revolution after COVID-19 pandemic - TRCN

The registrar/chief executive officer of the TRCN, Professor Segun Ajiboye. Credit: Nigerian Tribune.
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Professor Ajiboye stated that the advanced countries are able to continue teaching and learning through the deployment of technology which is still yet to be engaged fully in Nigeria.

According to him, the post-COVID 19 reality is that Nigeria must invest in technology to drive her education system adding that the world would not wait for Nigeria to catch up with it.

While noting that TRCN already started digital literacy for teachers in 2018, Ajiboye added that a proposal is already before the federal ministry of education to scale up beneficiaries of the training across the country.

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He added that in years to come, teachers who are able to use technology would displace those unable to use technology in facilitating learning.

While acknowledging the need to increase the education budget, Ajiboye maintained that professional teachers must be ready for the task ahead.

"One thing is that COVID-19 is a big challenge to education globally affecting about 1.7million in about 152 countries. Africa has a big problem. Some different countries in developed countries have been able to mitigate the impact through the internet. In Nigeria, we are not there yet. This has compounded our out of school problems. Even tertiary education is not excluded.

"Both teachers and students are at home in Nigeria. It is a challenging time for the teaching profession but also It is an eye-opener. The kind of training we give to our teachers needs to be reviewed. We need technology-mediated learning. The world will not wait for Nigeria. Their calendar is running but we are on long vacation here.

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"After this COVID-19 experience, there would be a revolution in the way we prepare and train our teachers. How do we leverage on technology? Teachers who know how to use technology will replace those unable to use it.

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"In 2018, TRCN did digital literacy education in Nigeria but those covered are small. We have submitted a proposal to the ministry of education to scale it up. We need technology to democratise learning. It caught us unawares and I think it calls for a sober reflection to look for ways ahead. It's a big reflection," he said.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the federal government said the gradual easing of restrictions on activities and movements should not be mistaken to mean life has returned to normal in the country.

It was reported that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the coronavirus pandemic, Boss Mustapha, gave the warning on Thursday, April 30, during the daily press briefing by the task force in Abuja.

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