The Civil Society Action Coalition on Education For All (CSACEFA) has called on the Ministry of Education to organise online training courses for teachers’ to improve their knowledge during the lockdown period.
The group made the call in a statement signed by Mr Kabiru Aliyu, National Moderator, CSACEFA on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to him, the lockldown period should be judiciously used to restore the education system as well as encourage teachers development.
He added that the landmark progress achieved so far in the fight against the pandemic could only be credited to the level of literacy and education among Nigerians.
Aliyu however noted that more needed to be done to enhance the literacy level of Nigerians so that the pandemic would be defeated on time.
“We are very much concerned about what will happen after now especially recovering our economy and restoring our education system.
“Now that we are still battling with the Corona virus, it is important that we begin to think of what should be done after now.
“This is a good opportunity for us to begin putting necessary infrastructures in place for our students especially basic and secondary education.
“We call on the Federal Ministry of Education and other Departments and agencies to put together, online training course for teachers’ development.
“This is the right time to continue to develop our teachers. We must encourage our teachers to take online courses to improve their knowledge while we eagerly await the end of the Covid-19.
“While we expect immediate intensified efforts of the various government at local, states and national level, we urge them to realise that the landmark made in the fight against the Corona Virus can be credited to the level of literacy and Education among Nigerians.
“This calls for a rethink to raise the bar on education,” he said.
Aliyu also commended the efforts of the presidential task force team in its daily press briefing, adding that the briefings had tackled the spread of fake news.
He also appreciated the support of various civil society organisations, non governmental organisations as well as private individuals who had distributed palliatives to Nigerians.
CSACEFA is a coalition of over 600 civil society organisations (CSOs) working on education issues in Nigeria.