By Deborah Mustapha,
The Federal Government has ordered all Tertiary Institutions in the country to resume Academic Session by conducting online lectures for the Students.
Mallam Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education, gave the order during an opened conversation with 237 Vice Chancellors, Rectors and Provosts on how to resume using virtual learning to avoid academic delay, noted that all Institutions have been shut for two weeks now to curb the spread of Coronavirus pandemic in the country.
He is not definite of how soon the Coronavirus pandemic will end, yet, he still ordered all universities, polytechnics and colleges of education to resume for students’ enablement to continue their studies through digital gadgets.
However, he also said that, although the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is on strike, the government will do its best to resolve the labour crisis.
He disclosed that the meeting is to find solutions to the challenges posed to the nation’s school calendar by Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). In agreement with the new directive, most Vice-Chancellors of private universities who were at the meeting embraced the idea and expressed readiness to resume with the claim that they have top grade virtual learning system.
Those present with the minister were the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed; the Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education, Dr. Masa’udu Adamu Kazaure; the Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi; and the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede and a host of others.
Adamu further said, “We cannot be held down by COVID-19, we have to deploy all e-platforms to keep our universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and other schools”, he submitted.