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TRCN laments lack of facilities for online learning

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The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Prof. Josiah Olusegun Ajiboye, has lamented lack of internet connectivity and devices for online learning across the country during emergency periods.

Ajiboye, who spoke yesterday in Abuja at a press conference to unveil an online national conference for registered teachers in the country, added that the country was also facing lack of requisite skills by teachers.

His words: “Although the states and other education practitioners adopted different strategies to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the education sector, including through the use of digital technologies, we faced the stark reality of lack of internet connectivity and devices for online learning as well as lack of requisite skills by teachers.”

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According to the registrar, the TRCN has admitted over 400,000 registered teachers nationwide for online training to examine the fallouts of the pandemic and prepare teachers to build-back-better in order to face future emergencies.

Ajiboye, who revealed that about 63 million primary and secondary school teachers around the world were affected by school closures in 165 countries at the peak of the pandemic, said many of them, especially in low income and medium income countries, were not adequately prepared and lacked the necessary skills and tools for remote learning, using digital technologies.

Admitting that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted progress towards achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria, the registrar said efforts were also made to mitigate the immediate impact of the crisis on the education sector and to rebuild for resilience and responsiveness to the present and future emergencies.

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