By Emma Daniel
Ebonyi – The Leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students, south south and south east zones has rejected the Electronic learning and Radio/Television program initiative of the Federal and state government of the zones.
The group made this known through in a statement signed by the Director of Special Duties, NANS Zone B (SS/SE) Comrade Nwuruku Olisa Alfred and forwarded to newsmen in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state capital.
NANs leadership accused both Federal and state governments of sidelining students Union governments in the discussion that concerns students affairs and interest in both zones.
According to them: “We do not deny the inevitability and usefulness of this scheme to the Educational sector, especially at this trying time when the walls of classrooms are compulsorily shut down and Students locked at their respective homes by orders necessitated by the fight against COVID-19 global scourge.
“We are not also oblivious of the unending nature of this disease, so that the hope of resuming classrooms dims, safe to say, and cannot consequently relax our heads and hands, hence the need for any rights thinking country and State to consider virtual learning as an option, but we strongly refuse this scheme on grounds of its impracticability’s.
“We feel the Federal Government through the Ministry of Education and the Government of Ebonyi State through the Ministry of Education/the management of the tertiary institutions in the State have not really planned well for the Students, to have inconsiderately ousted the Students’ Union Leaders from the desk and seat where this option was contemplated, not really holding ourselves highly, but we feel it is our concern and interest at stake, a decision that is chiefly taken for us should not inversely be against us!
“we have had enough time to painstakingly reconsider the pros and cons of the initiative in question, that is, the practicability of electronic learning in a clime as deficient as Nigeria, deficient of Stable Power Supply and deficient of sophisticated Technology, and have arrived at a conclusion that the plan would fail for want of enabling facilities, and personnel who would adequately man the facilities in view of the standard of our information technology.
“Nigeria as a country and Ebonyi as a State still have multifarious hinterlands that are yet to connect to the power supply, and unfortunately, the population of Nigerian Students is not limited to the numerical figure settling in the urban areas, so that it suffices to say that the population of students residing at the rural areas who are not also captured by electricity and most other population suffering power fluctuation would be cut off from this scheme, leaving the whole dream unattained.
“We cannot also alternatively resort to our generating plants, people that cannot afford the cost of their feeding cannot comfortably fend for the price of daily fuel utility, most others do not have stand by power generators at all.
“We have also considered the modalities of this initiative technologically, and we are still dissuaded. Electronic learning as an advanced learning sail through where there are sophisticated technological facilities in place, and unfortunately, Nigeria and Ebonyi State are yet to ascend this height.
“we speak convincingly of the adverse effects of the poverty level of the country on this initiative, we will not be sounding strange to say that the educational sector is not devoid of the poor class of Nigerian citizenry.
“Again, our ground of rejection is also fastened on the understanding that we had on the nature of the courses we offer in our respective tertiary institutions, so that while some courses could be taught online, others cannot” they stated.