To ameliorate the effect of the pandemic on education in Nigeria, the need for capacity development in online teaching and learning has been emphasised.
Vice-Chancellor, Wellspring University, Isaac Ajayi, stated this at the 16th valedictory service of Wellspring College in Lagos.
Ajayi, who harped on the need to develop appropriate technology and data connection to improve online learning, said: “We need to practise blended teaching. There should be a blend of virtual and physical so that if an occasion arises again that demands closure of systems, it would just be a matter of transiting.”
According to him, it is time for teachers and institutions to develop well protected online systems and applications that would be hack proof.
He said teachers should be properly encouraged in terms of remuneration, continuous capacity training and yearly updated certifications and conducive environment.
Principal of the college, O. Oloriade, noted that the pandemic saw the crippling of activities in all aspects of human endeavor, including educational sector.
According to her, through the schools learning beyond the classroom initiative, the graduating students have over the years observed first-hand numerous applications of various concepts.
In his address, titled, “So, teach me to number my days,” Managing Director, Fidelity Securities Limited, Chucks Okenwa, noted that a life void of regrets, requires that one reflect on actions and thoughts.
He added that if they fail to plan their schedule, someone else would do that for them.
“ If you don’t set your goals, peer pressure and societal trends will set a path for them.
“Through planning, you will know if your goal is realistic. Planning enables one to measure activities put in place,” he said.
Okenwa stressed the need for the graduating students to reflect on the values instilled into them, adding that they need not feel insecure in an unknown territory, especially as they would be exposed to a new learning environment.