Mbabane: United Nations Eswatini Resident Coordinator, Nathalie Ndongo-Seh has advised that the Eswatini education system fully adjusts to learning conducted via the electronic media, typically on the internet.
Ndongo-Seh mentioned that even before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic last year there was already a high growth and adoption in education technology and Eswatini could not be left out. “The time has long come for southern African countries to venture into electronic media or personalized learning, which provides an opportunity to help every student to learn at the best pace and path,” said the resident coordinator.
She added that with the advent of the Covid-19 outbreak, which prevents learners from mingling with each other, digital learning is the most important way out.
She mentioned that digital tutoring is a good example of personalized learning, but it is time consuming and expensive but over a period of time learners come to adapt. “This move will provide protection for both learner and tutor and is a way of curbing the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Ndongo-Seh.
Schools shut down
Reports gathered from the net say that the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in the shutting of schools across the world, with a reported of over 1.2 billion children being out of the classroom globally.
As a result, education has changed dramatically, with the distinctive rise of e-learning, whereby teaching is undertaken remotely and on digital platforms.
Research suggests that online learning has been shown to increase retention of information, and take less time, meaning the changes coronavirus have caused might be here to stay.
The reports also suggest that while countries are at different points in their COVID-19 infection rates, there are currently more than 1.2 billion children in 186 countries affected by school closures due to the pandemic, world-wide.
With this sudden shift away from the classroom in many parts of the globe, some are wondering whether the adoption of online learning will continue to persist post-pandemic, and how such a shift would impact the worldwide education market.
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