OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has called on the management of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) to seek additional solutions that would enable the students and lecturers to embrace online learning system in view of the covid-19 pandemic.

The House further urged the management of the university to ensure that the online learning system is well tested, and meets the minimum standard of what is obtainable in other jurisdictions where the system is a preferred choice.

The green chamber further mandated the management of the University to ensure that lecturers are continually trained on utilizing these new teaching methods to make learning more interactive.

It accordingly mandated the Committee on Tertiary Education Services to ensure implementation.

The above recommendations were sequel to a motion brought by Akin Alabi (APC, Oyo) titled, ‘Need to Address Complaints Surrounding Online Learning Platform of the University of Lagos (UNILAG)’ on Wednesday.

The motion expressed concern that the launch of E–Learning platform by the institution has been characterized by complaints, challenges and controversies which make learning challenging to students.

The House was also asked to note that UNILAG, a federal tertiary institution, was one of the first institutions to embrace and pioneer the E–Learning Management System in the country.

This was due to the dreaded coronavirus pandemic which forced numerous changes in the systems and workings of the country (and the world at large), one of which is the educational sector which resorted to online learning.

The motion identified extreme cases where submission of test results fails on the platform or where correct answers are marked wrong.

It added that some students cannot access the platform to take the tests, which makes them feel that they are being set up for failure, adding that the advent of the online learning system was to make learning easier and not to frustrate the students’ efforts or have lecturers completely abandon their duties of educating students.

Mr. Alabi said failure to address the challenges with the platform would make students view education as cumbersome, discouraging and stressful which is capable of undermining the nation’s educational development.

According to him, the university should devise ways of addressing the matter by allowing for provisional tests to be taken in a way that will ensure a fair chance for all students before their final grading and also make online learning more appealing and exciting to students.

Recall that the House had urged the Federal Ministry of Education to adopt an online learning system in view of the covid-19 pandemic.

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