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How COVID 19 Pandemic has Changed Education Forever

Currently, over 1 billion students around the world are out of the classroom. This has brought about drastic changes and a much-needed facelift to the educational system around the world, especially in Africa.

Classes are now being held via many digital platforms and teachers and students alike are faced with this new normal.

Research has shown that online learning leads to a higher level of retention in a shorter amount of time; this could mean that e-learning is here to stay even after the coronavirus.

With this new era of virtual classrooms, some are left wondering if this is the permanent route education should be taken. Although pre-COVID-19, there was already a steady rise in education technology and online education degrees, a post COVID-19 world looks very promising for proponents of e-learning in the country.

Although there is a possibility that due to the unexpected and unforeseen circumstances brought on by COVID 19, many Nigerian students will initially find it hard to adjust to the online education system but in the long run, it will highlight the loopholes in the educational system creating an opportunity for growth and improvement in the system.

There is a possibility that due to the unexpected and unforeseen circumstances occasioned by COVID 19, many Nigerian students will initially find it hard to adjust to the online education system but in the long run, it will highlight the loopholes in the educational system, creating an opportunity for growth and improvement in the system.

There are, however, other contributing factors to the challenges of online schools. Internet and computer access is a major problem for kids across the country. This will highlight the wide gap between children from different socio-economic backgrounds.

For those who have access to the right technology, online learning can be a very effective tool in education as students are able to learn more in a shorter amount of time. They can learn at their own pace, going back to videos, re-reading articles and skipping through concepts as they choose.

It is important to note, that though online learning has been raved as the way to go by educationists and experts, younger students may not benefit from this form of virtual teaching. Kids in lower grades are easily distracted and may find it hard to properly concentrate in front of a computer. Hence, it is important to add physical learning activities such as games, art/drawing to ensure a proper regimen.

Now is not the time to let students stay idle; it is the time to explore the world of virtual learning and not let the pandemic slow us down.

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