As advocates of education through teacher development and enhanced pedagogy, the current global pandemic constitutes serious concern to us. COVID 19, otherwise known as Coronavirus is known to be a highly infectious virus originating from China that has spread to different parts of the world within weeks restricting global travel, businesses and livelihoods, its latest effect causing tough decisions made by government to close schools and cancel scheduled exams.
After lockdown was imposed on Wuhan, China to contain the spread of the virus, it has successfully curtailed infections but trickled to some parts of Europe including Italy and Spain. There are possibilities that more lockdowns based on its positive impact in China will be imposed on cities and towns where increasing numbers of people are testing positive leading to drastic measures that include school closures, event cancellations, skeletal public transportation and calls to work from home. Very serious decisions impacting on peoples’ lives have raised serious concerns about the socio-economic and academic effect of the virus, the latest being the substitution of face to face teaching with online learning.
It is under this backdrop that UKAPES is compelled to respond. As young people are preparing for assessments under the inconvenience caused by the virus, many teachers have chosen to self-isolate. With due acknowledgement, teacher absence is known to have the opposite effect of raising outcomes depleting progression and indeed opportunities for students. Although school authorities are quick to move lessons online, it triggers the question of the teachers’ ability to design and post learning online for student access. Monitoring, marking and feedback constitute another challenge in addition to tracking. These skills remain a challenge to thousands of teachers across the African continent, thus marginalising opportunities for African students.
UKAPES is hereby offering online learning in the core subjects of Mathematics and English Language to interested schools, teachers and students. Priority will be given to students who are scheduled to write exams in the next few weeks and those who have smart devices with regular and sufficient data to enable the learning process. Due to some limitations, access will be given on a first come, first served basis. If teachers are particularly interested in accessing some interactive web-based resources to share with large cohorts of students, please do clarify in your enquiries, so that log ins can be generated and issued accordingly. All interested parties are welcome to enter details on bit.ly/ukapesonline and all queries are to be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to working with schools and students in these unprecedented times for the main purpose of raising immediate outcomes for all and especially those preparing to write exams in the next few weeks. We wish everyone good health and peace as we globally fight COVID 19 (Coronavirus).