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The Positive And Negative Effects Of Covid-19 On Nigeria Education

On the 7th of January, 2020, World Health Organization (WHO) identified the cause of the virus infection in Wuhan city, China and named it "2019-nCoV."

By the end of March 2020, the virus had spread to over 185 countries in the world and subsequently resulted to the closure of over 90 percent of schools throughout the world.

Meanwhile, the first case of COVID-19 was officially confirmed in Nigeria on the 28th of February 2020, which brought a stop to all economical and commercial activities in the nation.

With the first case of COVID-19 confirmed in the country, panicked set in the homes of most Nigerians as they were aware of the consequences of being diagnosed with the virus.

In order to limit the spread of the virus, all schools in Nigeria were closed starting from the 19th of March 2020 (Two weeks after the first case of the virus was confirmed) and a two weeks compulsory lockdown was imposed by the Federal Government which was later extended as the rate of the spread of the virus was increasing.

The impact of COVID-19 on Nigeria could never be over emphasised as It woke the government from their slumbers and made them realize how deep poverty has eaten into many household.

Many countries did not let COVID-19 disrupt their academic calender as they easily adopted virtual classes for their students. They provided digital tools for their students who could not afford it and subsidies the cost of mobile data for them. But reverse is the case for Nigeria as we can not boast of uninterrupted power supply to the average class for a day not to mention poor internet connection and high cost of mobile data.

So Nigerian students had to face the effect and aftermath of COVID-19 which include but not limited to :

1.Disruption Of Academic Calender

School calenders were untimely abrupted leading to an extension of the academic calender.

2.Loss Of Employment

Many non teaching staff in the school environment (the likes of janitor, messenger and vendors) had to bade farewell to their job as their employee could not pay them during the lockdown.

3.Inability Of Student To Follow The Curriculum As A Result Of Inaccessibility To Digital Tools

Some schools decided to go digital regardless of the constraint (mostly privately owned schools) not minding the financial position of the student. This made some student lag behind as they could not follow their mates due to one financial reason or the other.

4. Increase In Crime Rate

During the course of the vacation, students were exposed to many negative social vices as an ideal hand is the devils workshop. They were involved in lots of inmoral activities and crime like robbery and internet fraud.

Tertiary Institutions were not also left out as an end was put to all acedemic activities and the students were sent home. The schools were not quite happy with this as they knew that student absence from the institution means a cut in the revenue generated by the school but they had no other choice as if they wanted to safeguide the lifes of the student, the school had to be shut down.

Regardless of this, COVID-19 did some benefit on Nigeria education. This benefits include:

1. It Made School Exposed To, Embrace And Experiment Other Forms And Mode Of Teaching

Schools management had to consider different mode of non-contact teaching so reduce the spread of COVID-19, so online classes had to come to play.

2.Schools management had to see to the welfare of their staffs

During the lockdown period, the spirit of charity was imbeded by many people as they started checking up on their friends and relatives. School management also used this opportunity to put smile to some of their workers face as they paid their workers bonuses.


The compulsory two weeks stay at home order created an opportunity for members of staff and students to spend some time with their family, as most of the student have always wanted to take a break from academic activities.They also had the time for self reflection and decision making towards achieving their goals.

COVID-19 also instilled a sense of hygiene as everyone is expected to wash their hands and use their face mask before entering the institution.

COVID-19 was and still is a global pandemic battling with all countries in the world. So, all hands must be on deck if we must defeat this global pandemic.

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