No doubt the Covid-19 came as a big surprise that hit the whole world, causing unfavourable situation to various sectors including the education. There has been significant loss of jobs and lives; everyone has a different story to tell of the effects of the corona-virus pandemic in their day to day endeavour.
Stallion times exclusively had interaction with some students on their take after months of leaving the academic environment due largely to the effects of Covid-19 pandemic.
Willians Onifade is a student at the Federal university of technology Akure (FUTA), he says being out of school has helped him to sharpen and focus more on his sewing ability and he has been making some money for family and to prepare and position himself to resume school.
Another student from the Adeyemi College of education in Ondo who spoke to stallion times says she is using the break to perfect her fashion designer’s skills.
She says although the situation had affected the school calendar, she is appealing to the federal government to provide necessary precaution materials and embark on sensitization campaigns for students across the country ahead of schools resumption to curb the spread of corona-virus.
The now student/fashion designer says her business is already yielding profits and she has a plan to establish a fashion home after graduation.
Jegede Adedefemi a student of mass communication at the Polytechnic of Ibadan, Oyo State, is calling for the quick reopening of schools in the country but cautioned that strict measures be put in place for the safety of students while on campus.
He frowned at the involvement of youths in some non educational engagements such as cyber crime and sports betting; most students say such activities eases boredom while schools are closed.
He says “Many of us don’t have anything doing at the moment, some students after playing football and doing house chores, the next thing is to go to betting houses to bet for money because without money nothing seems encouraging, I wish I have a job, my mummy is a petty trader. I can’t be asking her of money in fact I should be giving her money”.
Speaking to a motivational speaker Mr Akanbi Matthew in the psychological implications of the lock down on students,Mr Matthew said the long stay at home although was the safety of the students and Nigerians as a whole,but charged the students to engaged in personal study,search for syllabuses,read ahead and cross ideas with colleagues to keep them abreast of educational prowess.
Mr Sulaiman Kazeem is a lecturer in one of the tertiary institutions in Ondo, he encourage students to remember that education is far beyond the walls of the schools. He says students should channel their energy to creative thinking, learn a vocational trade to add value to their knowledge and shun violence, criminality and be responsible to themselves, family, association and nation at large.
An Akure based psychologist further says since the adage says the idle mind is a devils workshop, students should engage in learning something that can make them self dependent, sufficient and useful.
He says students should use this period to engaged in online learning and other jobs for their personal development.
The general consensus of all students is a solemn prayer for Covid-19 pandemic to end or that medical experts get a cure or solution to it.
Parents and guardians are of the opinion that youths should be provided with platform to showcase their skills, government should establish industries for students and graduates to work, give soft loans to those who are interested in starting a small scale business.
Meanwhile, the federal government has approved the full reopening of schools in phases across the country for the commencement of the new academic session and directed schools to conduct a risk assessment.