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The Future of Education # Post –Covid.


 The Coronavirus disease, also known as Covid-19, emanated from Wuhan in China in the earliest months of the year 2020. The source of the pandemic is still shrouded in mystery!

COVID -19 the pandemic hitting hard on our Educational system.

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The pandemic has surfaced as a world plague which resulted in the closure of schools, organizations, cinemas, hotels, and even government parastatals at its wake, to mention but a few.

The wild nature leads to a quick spread of the disease which has claimed the lives of so many in Nigeria and the world over!

Fears are fast gaining ground because of the impact it is having on schools in Nigeria at the moment. In spite of the ease of the earlier lockdown declared by the Federal government, it has become increasingly difficult to open up schools so fast.

                             

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Schools are left forlorn

 Nature of  ‘children’ wouldn’t allow a quick opening to secure them from contracting the dreaded virus, thus encouraging almost all institutions of learning; primary, secondary and tertiary to take to online learning to engage the students.

The future of Education, that is, Post COVID is full of insecurities for teachers, pupils or students.

Firstly, the mass exodus of teachers from private schools to public schools is almost inevitable. The private school teachers in Nigeria are going through a lot of hardship. Ogun state is a case study, Mowe- Ibafo precisely, where salaries have been unpaid since the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. Teachers live from hand to mouth; they take the risk to source for lessons at poor rates, ranging from 70 – 100 naira for three hours. A vox populi recently exposed their intentions to start seeking other sources of income and apply to public schools after the pandemic.

    

A sad unpaid school teacher seeking other sources of income 

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The e-learning has also exposed the deficiencies of some teachers who are not computer savvy. This is posing a great threat of insecurity among teachers, particularly teachers in public schools. This creates a forecast that most schools will beef up the training of teachers in this regard.

        More teachers to be trained

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The nation is likely to witness a scarcity of computers, pads and laptops after the Covid-19 pandemic as usage will increase. Webinars have come to stay over life seminars, schools will engage children more online than before, they will adapt to the online learning tools after the pandemic. This will possibly lead to a more improved discovery in technology over the existing ones. More sophisticated gadgets may be of value.

 

Digital Education will definitely surpass the traditional classroom method and in Nigeria, we may no longer assume that the traditional classroom education is the best.



 Digital Education to surpass Traditional Education.

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Public schools should be prepared to witness an explosion of teachers seeking security in government-paid jobs over private owned schools. This is because the government schools continue to pay salaries despite the economic hardship caused by the pandemic.


Public schools to witness an explosion of teachers from private schools.

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After the pandemic, the education sector may have to manage teachers who will be seeking multiple streams of income and are likely to be divided in their duties. Thus, 50% interest in the profession and 50% in their newfound businesses.



Teachers will be divided between teaching and trading
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Education, after the pandemic will witness a proliferation of washbasin, sanitizers, mask usage to maintain a hygienic environment for the children and teachers in schools. To this end, the markets may witness scarcity if production is not commensurate.


The usage of hand sanitizers and face masks for good hygiene will increase.

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The girl-child issue will be taken seriously   in schools after the pandemic, since the lockdown caused by the pandemic gave rise to increased cases of rape. Enlightenment programs will be taken seriously and effected. The boy child should not be left out of such programs.


 More programs to enlighten the girl- child

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Furthermore, it will be sad and pathetic to say that children who would be left out of the e-learning process now, have an unknown burden of academic work to saddle at resumption after the Covid-19 era.

There will be more backlog of work for children ‘left behind’.

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There is a tendency that there will be a shift to homeschooling by some families who will see the advantage of online learning in terms of low fees, compared to the high fees charges by the physical school.

       

 Home schooling is a likely tendency for some parents.
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There is also the likelihood of a shift to competency-based learning post-COVID-19, which gives room for the children to learn at their different paces in consideration for backlogs or vacuum created by the pandemic.


    A shift to competency-based learning.

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Due to the delay in schools resumption, caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, Educational Monitoring groups will do thorough supervision  and censoring of schools after the crisis to ensure the right standards are being maintained. However, this trend will expose  many ‘mushroom schools’, (unregistered schools), thus, leading to their closure.

 

    More supervision of schools by Educational inspectors

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After the pandemic, teachers will be saddled with handling children with post-traumatic stress, as many would have lost so many habits schools teach them, i.e. how to listen attentively, cooperate, take turns, sit in circles, and so on.


Teachers will handle children with post-traumatic stress

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The future of Education, post-COVID-19 will be such that the government of our dear country Nigeria will need additional resources like counsellors, mental health specialists, and learning support teachers to help the weakest and vulnerable children to settle down and catch up.


         Counsellors to help weak students.

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There could be gratitude for teachers by the government who are among the unsung heroes of Covid-19. Catering to the needs of children is the most valuable thing that any person can give because futures are being moulded.