COVID-19 Worsening Education Inequality In Nigeria

The online learning system introduced in parts of the country following the shutdown of schools in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic is widening the gulf in education between children of the ‘haves’ and the ‘have not’, Daily Trust on Sunday investigation reveals.

While experts in the education sector have frowned at the inequality describing it as posing a generational danger, the Federal Ministry of Education says it is not its responsibility to cater for the e-learning needs of poor students.

On March 19, the education ministry announced the shutdown of all schools in Nigeria as one of the ways of containing the spread of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic, a development that disrupted learning and access to vital school-provided services for a record number of students in Nigeria.

As a result, some top-level expensive private schools responded to the situation by deploying online and offline platforms, television, radio and take-home materials to keep children learning.

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