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COVID19: Nigerian govt collaborates with telcos, launches free e-learning classes

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The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has said that the Federal Government has collaborated with network providers to launch free e-learning for primary and secondary school students.

Mr Nwajiuba made this known on Friday in Abuja during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

The federal government had in March ordered the closure of schools nationwide to curb the spread of Covid-19, a global scourge.

He said the initiative which is being coordinated by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) in conjunction with the States Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBs) can be accessed through schoolgate.ng and mobileclassroom.com.ng.

“These e-learning platforms have been declared subscription free for Nigerian students in primary and secondary levels during the period of this lockdown as necessitated by COVID-19 pandemic. Existing users of Airtel can start immediately while other telecoms institutions will be ready soon,” he said.

“Parents, guardians and the students can check the timetable for each state on the website(Minstry of Education).

“Airtel Nigeria network users could already browse this e-learning platforms for free.

“Other telecom service providers like MTN, Glo, and 9mobile are currently making a technical adjustment to their systems to accommodate this free access. This is the provision we have already made in relation to how you can access these platforms,” he said.

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“About 15 states have already commenced learning via different channels that are available in their states, mostly local TV and radio,” he said.

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