“E-learning is not as simple as computerisation, supplying computers and accessories or simply connecting institutions to the Internet. It is important to break what e-learning involves down to its constituent parts– ASUU
The plan by the Education Minister Mallam Adamu, for an adoption of the virtual learning system in all institutions of learning in Nigeria, has been criticized by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
The Union’s evaluation of the Minister’s plan can be best described as ‘a pie in the sky’ considering various non-existing resources that could enable its feasibility.
ASUU’s argument emphasized on the inherent challenges which are set backs for an effective online learning system in Nigeria which includes- Irregular power supply, poor internet access, poor funding, as well the expensiveness of high-speed internet.
Earlier as gathered in a meeting involving the Minister Mallam Adamu, Vice chancellors, Rectors and Provosts, Adamu’s disposition on the the use of digital learning platforms, was geared towards keeping tertiary institutions and schools open. According to him, the ministry had opened a discussion floor aimed at creating e-learning platforms, with the World Bank and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
However ASUU’s view on the development stands to beat the notion that e-learning is far from procurement/installation of computers and responding in a document titled “The Directive by the Minister of Education That Tertiary Institutions Should Resume the Session Through Online Teaching,” issued by the University of Ibadan (UI) Publicity Committee, the Union remained doubtful on the workability of the proposed e-learning system.
Throwing light on irregular power supply, as one of the shortcomings against the venture, the Union disclosed that many smartboards distributed to tertiary institutions over the years are now being used as marker boards due to unavailability of constant voltage supply to power them.