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E-learning has not gained as much grounds in Nigeria as other states but there are ongoing moves to inculcate it in the country’s education system.
Alternatively known as online education, this learning method makes learning somewhat easier for people because of the flexibility it offers in terms of financing, convenience and so on.
It also allows people to learn at their own pace which is one of the reasons it wouldn’t be a bad idea if Nigeria embraces it in full.
Of course it is no longer news that the education system in the country has deteriorated over the years and needs smart strategies to bring it back to life.
Just recently, a school in Bauchi State was shut down because the students rather than focus on the main aim of being sent to school, resorted to arranged marriages amongst themselves which irked the authorities.
In a possible bid to restructure the system of education, the National Universities Commission (NUC) has given approval to four Nigerian universities to run e-learning Programme in the country.
The approved universities for e-learning in Nigeria are: University of Uyo, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID).
The director of information and public relations of NUC, Ibrahim Yakasai, insisted that the commission maintains its stand that online degrees are not accepted in Nigeria at the moment except in the four approved universities.
These four universities have been duly approved by the commission as the pilot institutions for the Nigerian universities e-learning programme run within the shores of Nigeria.
Students who enroll in the e-learning programme can select any of the following undergraduate degree programmes, Economics, Banking and finance, Accounting, Business administration and Marketing for which they have requisite qualifications.
Prior to the approval, about 57 universities were blacklisted by the NUC for running online degree programmes in affiliation with some foreign universities.
The move though smart, may not be exactly a step in the right direction considering the nature of the education system in the country.
In recent times, most students have proven that they need a very close monitoring to be able to learn in our clime and a lot of factors are to blamed for this trend even though blame game will not lead to any meaningful achievement.
With the way students are going these days, giving them a go ahead order to obtain online degrees may not be a smart move entirely.
Being that the Nigerian youth is seen as the leaders of tomorrow, e-learning may not be the perfect bet as it is almost impossible to achieve leadership and communication skills in a virtual world and hoping to perfectly practice in the real world. No! it doesn’t work that way.
Effective learning process in Nigeria requires close monitoring and lots of corrections before students will eventually pick up.
Therefore, the government should ensure that there are strict hands on deck to make sure the approval isn’t abused because trust me, a lot of people will gradually begin to tag into the approval and finally succeed in making a mess out of it.
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