Experts Urge Government to Strengthen Broadcast Education

As coronavirus continues to create learning gaps in the educational policies of nations, two experts in educational broadcasting have stressed the need for government to consider strengthening broadcast education and other forms of e-learning that will complement formal classroom learning.

They experts gave the advice while speaking with Radio Nigeria on the impact of Covid-19 on the nation’s current education system.

In his opinion, a professor of Mass Communication, University of Lagos, Akoka, Sunday Oloruntola said broadcast education as well as e-learning have complementary role of bridging education gaps created by unforeseen circumstance such as Covid-19, saying the current experience should propel government to consider distance learning for all categories of students in  the country.

Speaking in the same vein, Mr Adedokun Adeyemi of Mass Communication Department, The Polytechnic, Ibadan, however, said some factors such as erratic power supply, audience choice of channel  as well as the economic condition of average Nigerians might affect the intended objectives of distance learning.

Mr Adedokun, who commended some state governments for initiating the transmission of education on radio and television, maintained that government must ensure stable power supply and rich broadcast concept to justify the education format during lock down in the sector.

Rotimi Famakin

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