The executives of colleges scholastic calender after ASUU strike and lockdown
Scholarly exercises in Nigerian colleges were suspended among March and December, 2020 because of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike and the lockdown, occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thusly, the scholastic schedules have been seriously 'harmed'. Understudies in various colleges the nation over were at different movement stages when the schools were shut. A few Universities were half a month into the primary semester while others were at the skirt of adjusting the semester.
Then again, qualifying bodies like the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) figured out how to direct registration assessments for up-and-comers looking for entrance into the tertiary establishments. So we presently have returning 100L understudies (2019/20 admission), whose movements were upset a year ago and newly qualified applicants prepared for 2020/21 affirmation.
Freeing this pool from up-and-comers (excess) will require large spending plans which should be supported through the following five to seven years by projection. This extra expense is coming when the public authority is stating that it can't finance the college revitalisation projects consented to and endorsed by them years back. It is no news that the number and additionally sizes of auditoriums, understudies' facilities and libraries have not expanded comparably. The staffing has not acknowledged as far as number or even inspiration – giving the battering the encouraging calling experienced over the most recent nine months.
Presently, looked by the multifaceted difficulties featured above, how would we adequately oversee returning understudies (center around 100L) and a huge number of applicants qualified by JAMB for induction into 100L? Absolutely, this is a troublesome inquiry and may pull in various answers. The following are four potential answers, remembering speedy notes for the related ramifications:
NO ADMISSION FOR NEW APPLICANTS UNTIL CURRENT 100L STUDENTS ARE CLEARED: This alternative may mean squandering one year in the lives of thousands of qualified competitors. Without a doubt; this is a long way from being useful for the understudies, guardians/watchmen and generally speaking public turn of events. Bound together Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results terminate following one year, so over the span of the pausing, a large number of candidates would have floated outside the legitimacy time of their UTME results. Be that as it may, in this serious space, colleges are relied upon to sort out imaginative methods for tending to the test. In this way, there is a reputational issue here and colleges don't trifle with that. This choice additionally accompanies potential income misfortune to concerned colleges. Note that with UTME results termination following a year, the possibility for having multiple candidates' streams (hanging tight for confirmation) is for all intents and purposes impractical, except if JAMB will loosen up its outcomes the executives rules.
RUNNING TWO PARALLEL STREAMS OF STUDENTS: Expectedly, the 2019/20 cluster will be a little while in front of the 2020/21 bunch. This disharmony can be dispensed with eventually, the more limited the hole between the two streams, the sooner the harmonization happens. This alternative will 'favor' the understudies however instructing/learning assets may must be overstretched and additionally new ones be infused into the framework to cook for the two groups. Yet, here are a portion of the inquiries that should be replied: Are the colleges going to utilize more staff or twofold the outstanding task at hand of the all around overburdened scholastics? Could the colleges draw in assistant Lecturers (on agreement) and shoulder the extra monetary weight for a period adequately long to clear this excess? Are the (qualified) people for aide addressing promptly accessible both in number and quality, particularly when numerous different organizations receive this alternative? While we can falter/cluster classes and lab works, certain basic exercises can't be effectively amazed, dozing is one of them! As such, with this alternative, we may need to practically twofold the understudy's convenience inside the following not many weeks. Keep in mind, with COVID-19 still overflowing, social removing inside the inns and auditoriums is likewise fundamental. It is to be sure a desperate circumstance, unquestionably not the best an ideal opportunity to be a Vice Chancellor!
Consolidating THE TWO STREAMS IS ANOTHER OPTION: Obviously, this is doable just where the establishment shut subsequent to covering a not many weeks in the main semester. The new group might be introduced first and optimized to be at standard with the more seasoned (2019/2020) cluster before the consolidation. In any case, the remarkable inquiries are: are there large enough classes, facilities, staffing, auditoriums, and so on to deal with the combined streams? The response to this inquiry is NO for essentially all the colleges. Additionally, even with COVID-19 monetary real factors, including the requirement for social separating, can the understudy expenses in addition to awards cover the additional expenses? Is it sensible to move the additional cost to guardians/understudies? Regardless of whether the cash is accessible, can the colleges assemble such assets to convey the additional offices, for example, corridors and lodgings, inside the following not many weeks? We are now in January, 2021!
ICT SUPPORTED BLENDED EDUCATION (ISBE): This is a half breed alternative, including both on the web and up close and personal classes (mixed) and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) upheld instructing/learning. This has all the earmarks of being the most practical response to the inquiry raised toward the start. Choices 2 and 3 are consolidated here, which includes blended classes after schedule harmonization, some equal classes and cautious organization of ICT devices alongside online-prepared course materials. So first, courses and additionally educational programs components that can adequately be conveyed through online methods should be immediately recognized and delivered into blended media designs (recordings, sounds and completely conversational talk notes, in hard and softcopies). Delivering the current substance into exhaustive blended media organizations may take some time. In this way, then, existing talk notes might be digitized (if not effectively in that design) and utilized as transitory methods for tending to the issue – forthcoming when teachers are prepared in open and distance schooling conveyance just as course material improvement for online conveyance purposes. Committed studios might be constructed and charged to help staff to create courseware in blended media designs and furthermore give general IT upholds. Next, there is a requirement for proficient substance conveyance plan. Certain level of the course substance (state 40%) might be conveyed through online methods and the leftover (60%) through the conventional vis-à-vis implies, which can be clumped (run in equal) – relying upon class size. Essentially, for lab works, understudies may must be bunched and set on fit schedules; as of now, this has been the typical practice, pass to office/asset restrictions. Concerning the understudies appraisal (developmental and summative), lower levels (state 100 – 200L) might be evaluated utilizing Computer Based Test (CBT) methods under exacting delegating. For more significant levels (above 200L, including postgraduate levels), the majority of the developmental evaluations might be directed through online methods while the last, most important tests may stay in the conventional eye to eye mode. All the more in this way, certain understudies' examination guard meetings, at both undergrad and postgraduate levels, might be led through online methods.
Taking everything into account, while ICT upheld mixed instructing/learning gives off an impression of being a reasonable alternative, it is clearly not without certain issues. For example, certain ICT foundations are required and might be capital concentrated. Educators may likewise have to experience some type of preparing on online courseware advancement, conveyance strategies, appraisal methods and quality confirmation. Understudies/guardians may need to financial plan for some ICT instruments, including web information. The alternative is likewise vigorously subject to electric force supply.