COVID-19: We did not invest enough in education, says LASG

Tobi Aworinde

the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, on Saturday, said the COVID-19 pandemic had unveiled the lack of investment bedevilling the education sector.

Speaking at the Purples Heroes National Conference 2020, on Saturday, Adefisayo, however, stated that the negative outcomes of the outbreak, including loss of lives and income, should not be glossed over as its impact would likely be felt for generations.

“But there was also the upside, which is that it was clear that we had not invested sufficiently in the education of the youth of this country, and it was affecting us in every way. We had not invested in the technology that would enable us to teach our children. We had not invested in our rural areas, so that they were essentially cut off at such a difficult time.

“When this lockdown was about to start, and I was meeting with my team, many people said, ‘Probably, in two weeks’ time, or at most a month, we’ll be back. Let’s treat it like the long vacation and just let the children go and relax.’

“But I knew that private schools were talking about moving school online and I think this became clear to all of us that schooling, even religion, is not about a building; it’s really an experience and the ways you can experience it can differ. It could be online or physical,” she said.

According to Adefisayo, the demographic in public schools could not afford the devices and data for online schooling.

She added that they found that, in many poor communities, the easiest step was to use the “lowest level of technology possible” – radio and TV.