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Virtualising the School During COVID-19 and Beyond in Africa: Infrastructure, Pedagogy, Resources, Assessment, Quality Assurance, Student Support System, Technology, Culture and Best Practices

Authors Owolabi JO

Received 15 July 2020

Accepted for publication 22 September 2020

Published 13 October 2020 Volume 2020:11 Pages 755—759

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/AMEP.S272205

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Md Anwarul Azim Majumder


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Joshua Oladele Owolabi1,2

1Department of Anatomy, University of Global Health Equity, Butaro, Rwanda; 2Department of Anatomy, Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria

Correspondence: Joshua Oladele Owolabi Email jowowlabi@ughe.org

Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has affected health globally in a manner that this generation has never witnessed. The initial measures to mitigate these effects were focused on health interventions and remedies; rightly so. These had included public health measures including the lockdown, the test-and-contact-tracing and the social or physical distancing measures among others. Measures were also taken by different countries and states to mitigate the economic fallout and these had included palliatives for the people. Countries had borrowed and adjusted their fiscal policies and priorities to cater for the COVID-19 effects. Then, the question arises: what have we done with education in Africa? Education is arguably the most important way to address how COVID-19 would affect our future and the life of the generation whose education has been significantly impacted by COVID-19. This is the reason for this article. The article addresses how best to virtualise the school through strategic adaptations and changes. It addresses key factors including infrastructure, pedagogy, resources, assessment, quality assurance, student support system, technology, culture and best practices.

Keywords: COVID-19, Africa, virtual, education, e-learning, teaching

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