Parents, pupils gradually adapting to e-learning reality in Enugu

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THE Enugu State Government’s extension of the lockdown by two weeks, to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, has forced parents and pupils in the state to adopt e-learning.

Some parents, in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Enugu, said they were trying to cope with the online learning of their children.

According to them, this system of learning is now necessary as the children have stayed for too long without any formal learning.

They stated that parents were required by most private schools in the state to download Zoom app, WhatsApp, video conferencing apps among others, to ensure effective online classes for their children.

Mrs Uju Nwafor, a mother of three, said the e-learning process was too stressful, trying to put her children through, as she was new to the process.

“As a mother, I make sure they get prepared for their e-learning activities, so that they don’t miss  out of the day’s lesson, by joining their mates on virtual classroom learning with the help of video conferencing app.”

She said that the development had forced her to learn with the children.

Another parent, Mrs Amaka Ezeora, said her daughter’s school only used WhatsApp app, to send classwork to their pupils.

Ezeora noted that it was difficult for her to cope, as she had to copy out the work in a book, before her daughter could start writing.

“It has not been easy for me trying to help my daughter to catch up with her classwork.

“Oftentimes, I copy out the work for her from WhatsApp, to save my mobile phone’s battery,” she said.

Mrs Eucharia Nebo expressed worry over the inability of her son’s school to send their daily classwork to pupils on time.

“The new learning initiated by some private schools is a good development, though they hardly send their daily lessons early.

“Since I use my mobile phone to receive my son’s daily classwork through WhatsApp, it has not been easy for me as my business also needs my attention, especially in the morning.

“I am appealing to schools using whatsapp for e-learning to send their pupils’ class work between 7.00 a.m. and 7.30 a.m., so that parents can have time for their businesses,” Nebo said.

Mr Chuks Ibe, a father of two, stated that it was difficult for his children to adapt to e-learning, as it was a new way of learning to them.

“My children do not enjoy viewing and writing at the same time, as they complained about the fastness of the teaching from a television channel.

“With my experience as a lecturer, I usually allow them to pay attention to the lessons while I do the writing, which they copy into their own books at the end of the lessons,” the lecturer said. (NAN)

– May 21, 2020 @ 13:25 GMT |

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