COVID-19 LOCKDOWN AND e-LEARNING

Bill

Mburu
Staff member
As we all know, the education institutions were closed last week due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Definitely the days that students and teachers will lose while at home will have to be recovered as the syllabi must be covered before the candidates at whichever level seat their summative examinations whenever that will be.

The TSC has advised teachers to stay at home as per the Ministry of Health guidelines. Further, the TSC has advised teachers to use e-Learning to continue teaching their students. And that is where the problem arises.

Do all the students have connectivity, gadgets (Mobile phones, Tablets, PCs etc), what of those in remote areas where there's no mobile network and/or internet connectivity? Or we are waiting for Google Loons?

Logistically, how does a teacher organize a class with students all over the place?
 

Elvis Raila

New Comrade
As we all know, the education institutions were closed last week due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Definitely the days that students and teachers will lose while at home will have to be recovered as the syllabi must be covered before the candidates at whichever level seat their summative examinations whenever that will be.

The TSC has advised teachers to stay at home as per the Ministry of Health guidelines. Further, the TSC has advised teachers to use e-Learning to continue teaching their students. And that is where the problem arises.

Do all the students have connectivity, gadgets (Mobile phones, Tablets, PCs etc), what of those in remote areas where there's no mobile network and/or internet connectivity? Or we are waiting for Google Loons?

Logistically, how does a teacher organize a class with students all over the place?
All government agencies and disaster mitigation departments were not ready for this.

Should the government had implemented the laptop idea. Maybe we would be safe at this time. Since students would carry the content in the cloud and learn from anywhere.

Honestly, teachers alike are not ready. We dont even have reliable internet in our villages. Even if google loon comes with 4G, 5G or even 10G, they will have to come with fuel for our diesel powered generators.

Kenya is in deep trouble. And not just the education sector, all sectors of the economy is in a total mess right now.
 

Bill

Mburu
Staff member
We are never ready for anything, including locusts.
 

Hova

Senior Comrade
I'm going to speak about learners in remote areas who don't have a clue of what the internet is and the poor who, even in their wildest dreams, can't afford e-learning. Most of these kids don't even have enough books to study let alone the internet. They come from very poor and undeveloped areas in terms of infrastructure, so there is no way to access e-learning.

I know there is a small percentage amongst us who will go on with learning like nothing has changed because their parents have the means to provide such services, but what about the rest? The cold hard truth is most us are f**kd and there is nothing we can do!
 

22_22

New Comrade
It is clear that we were not ready, but how can you ever be truly ready for a pandemic? Some believe learning should be scrapped for this year as they find it difficult to learn in these circumstances. I feel that the circumstances are far from ideal, but if we didn't continue via e-learning, then I think there would be more problems in the long run.

But do we think in the future (after the pandemic) that e-learning will be used in similar ways or as near as often as it is now?
 
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