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COVID-19: The other side of the equation


The webspace is caught up with Covid-19 news and conversation. The indices, the precaution, memes, palliatives, breaking news, conspiracy theories…

The failure of government in providing modest health care infrastructure to her citizenry is in the spotlight. Is there more? Let us look at the other side of the equation – Education, the Economy, Power and Service Delivery.

Understandably, our educational institutions have been closed as part of measures to prevent Covid-19 spread. But should this development affect learning? My answer is a resounding No!

Imagine a scenario where these institutions have eLearning Infrastructure that Lecturers can use to deliver course content to their students via text, audio, video and live stream. Providing eLearning facilities is not rocket science, the know-how and technology is available.

Having graduated millions of students, it is not out of place for our Universities to reach out and identify their products in the tech space with a view of collaborating with them to create eLearning solutions. Is this too much to ask in the 21st century, an age of Information, Communication and Technology?

Many Nigerians are passing the buck to Mr President and his team. We are indeed perennial sufferers of good leadership, we have never been lucky. Beyond Mr President, how about we beam our searchlights on the Vice Chancellors, their governing team and College Management teams?

I understand that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is currently on strike and wonder if lack of eLearning infrastructure is part of their struggle.

May I advise parents who discourage their teenage children between the ages of 13-17 years from using mobile devices to reconsider their stand. Barring your child from using a mobile device, laptop is counter-productive. The merits of technological innovation outdo its demerits, what we must endeavour to do is to acquire the knowledge that would enable us to guide how children deploy technology and technological products. Do you know that there are more educational products tailored for mobile devices than for laptops or the television?

Parents that worry about their child’s safety on the internet and the possibility of connecting with strangers should consider providing internet access to their children via internet Wifi (Get them a device without a SIM Card). The affected parents must also learn how they can safeguard their children on the internet. The technology and knowledge is available, avail yourself of it and learn.

In advanced climes, teens are writing codes and developing Apps for mobile devices. In my opinion, it is not acceptable to completely deprive a Senior Secondary School student the use of a mobile device, except for a parent that cannot afford it. Jobs for the future are not taught in our schools (at least in Nigeria), how will your children learn, if you don’t introduce them to research and learning on the web?

In times past, some parents used to frown at their children watching the TV; today parents use the same medium to educate their children via Cartoons and educational programmes. Technology is a means; we should learn to use it to our advantage.

If Nigeria would be great, we must hold ourselves and leaders to account. All sides of the equation must be balanced.

My name is Olorunfemi Babatunde, Co-founder of Q and A App. Q and A App is an Android App for sourcing and distributing educational, career, Job test, professional exams, entrepreneurship and business materials in pdf, audio and video formats.

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We are in talks with an indigenous firm to provide curriculum tailored videos for all Senior Secondary School subjects/topics. Talks have reached an advanced stage and we are putting measures in place to make it available in April 2020.

Meanwhile, WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, JUPEB, JAMB study materials, past questions and answers including marking scheme for NECO exams are available for FREE at the O’level section of Q and A App.

For NOUN students, all NOUN Course material and Past Questions are available on Q and A App.

Advice to Undergraduate, Graduates and job seekers:

  1. Acquire skills that are in demand and can be provided to people and organisations across the world. Skills like programming, web development, Mobile App Development, Graphics Design, Digital Marketing, UI Design, Data Analysis etc
  2. For those who are skilled, learn how to acquire clients and sell your skills. You will find useful materials about this on Q and A App
  3. Distribute educational, career and entrepreneurship related ebooks, audio and videos on Q and A App.
  4. Review your CV, Cover letter and Apply to private organisations.
  5. We are recruiting App Administrator at Techpedia Limited (developers of Q and A App). The recruitment process is simple, install Q and A App from Playstore and upload a sample material to your account on the App. Only successful applicants will be contacted.
  6. For interested persons, learn about Digital Marketing, blogging, marketing and sales for *FREE* on Q and A App.
  7. Look for volunteer opportunities, put your skills to use and network.
  8. Learn how to sell. Identify and sell a good product or service.
  9. Install Q and A App on Playstore, you will find it useful for your career development needs, entrepreneurship journey and job search efforts, including preparations for Interviews

Don’t get involved in crime, do not lose faith or hope, better days are near.

Stay safe, practice social distancing and stay at home.

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