The management of the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede has mandated its teaching staff to make us of the institution’s E-learning Virtual Classroom Platform “as a medium for intellectual environment to lecture their students and receive academic feedback from them”.

In a memo posted in the polytechnic’s website and signed by the registrar, Mrs. Anuna, E. E. and dated 9th April, 2020, the Polytechnic recommends that “through this medium, students are expected to receive and submit their assignments”.

The memo added that “only students who have paid and will pay their school fees would have access to the password with which to interface with their lecturers in the e-learning virtual classroom”.

It added that “heads of department should therefore encourage their students to go and pay their school fees in order to participate in the online classroom.

The institution has created a step-by-step manual to guide both staff and students in the academic exercise.

All Heads of Department were directed to develop their e-learning timetable to upload same on the institution’s website and on the different groups.

Deans and Heads of Departments were also directed to monitor and ensure that lecturers makes use of this platform effectively and regularly to educate their students.

Management has said it would on its part, it would strictly monitor how all academic staff would comply with the directive stating that an lecturer who fails to comply/participate in the exercise would be sanctioned.

The management said it has made this e-learning approach possible in line with federal government directives to eliminate/reduce the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

Since the announcement, students of the polytechnic has since poured encomium on the rector Dr.M. C. Arimanwa:

Chukwuma Nathaniel Uzoka posted: “This is good development towards the right direction & timing. Bravo sir on this achievement”.

Agida Jacob posted: Wow am really impressed. Please how can I get access to the platform?”

Meanwhile, the Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU) has urged students to study online

Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun (SAN), Vice-Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo urged students of the institution to keep learning during the lockdown period by studying online.

Fagbohun, who made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos, said that the university was putting in place online platforms for use by the students.

He said that the platforms would include WhatsApp, drop box, static pages on the varsity’s website, Google classroom and free conferences, among others.

“Recently, LASU management had a meeting online with all deans of faculties, Provost of the LASU College of Medicine and the Dean, Post-Graduate School to agree on the modality for online lectures for our students.

“We agreed that the final year students should be assigned their project work so that their supervisors can engage them while they are at home.

“We also have a LASU assignment portal designed by LASU Computer Science Department for students and a WhatsApp platform to conduct tutorials for all the lecturers who will be engaged in the online teaching.

“Tomorrow (April 10), we are having another meeting with all faculties on how far they have gone with the online lectures,” he said.

Fagbohun said that the idea was to continually engage LASU students and keep them learning until school reopened.

He was optimistic many of the students would engage the different platforms.

The VC urged Nigerian students to abide by efforts of the federal and state governments to contain COVID-19 spread.

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