Covid-19 Pandemic and Educational Development in Rivers State, Nigeria

  • Wilfred Seidougha Ebimiedei Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
  • Adiele Ikemefule Blessing James Hope University, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Donald Gloria Odubo Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe
  • Frank Funkeye Sapele Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social and Management Sciences, University of Africa, Toru-Orua, Bayelsa State
Keywords: Covid-19, Education, Development, Online Learning.

Abstract

Abstract

The study centres on two state owned degree awarding tertiary institutions: Rivers State University and Ignatius Ajuru University of Education. Prior to Covid-19, the mode learning was face to face. This, however, was interrupted by the pandemic, with lecturers and students being forced to online teaching. This study examines the nature of tertiary educational development in Rivers State before Covid-19 pandemic; investigates the setbacks caused by Covid-19 pandemic and investigates how Covid-19 impacted on tertiary educational development in Rivers State, Nigeria. The research adopted secondary and primary means in gathering the data. The study design was the descriptive survey method using purposive sampling technique. The population of study comprises both Rivers State University and Ignatius Ajuru University staff of 4,291, with a sample size of 400 respondents. The structural functionalism theory of Talcot Parson is used to guide the study. The findings showed that: Covid-19 delayed students' graduation; affected various universities budget plan and academic calendar. It led to poor school enrolments, poor school health and a decline of revenue. Thus, the study recommends that Government should make adequate provision for online learning platform in schools; and that there should be greater awareness on Covid 19.

Author Biographies

Wilfred Seidougha Ebimiedei, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Ph.D candidate, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, email: wilfredleads@gmail.com

Adiele Ikemefule Blessing, James Hope University, Lagos, Nigeria

Registrar, James Hope University, Lagos, Nigeria, email: Ikemadiele@yahoo.com

Donald Gloria Odubo, Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe

Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe, email: gloriaodubo28@gmail.com

Frank Funkeye Sapele, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social and Management Sciences, University of Africa, Toru-Orua, Bayelsa State

Corresponding Author, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social and Management Sciences, University of Africa, Toru-Orua, Bayelsa State, email: sapelefrank@gmail.com

Published
2021-12-31
How to Cite
Ebimiedei, W., Blessing, A., Odubo, D., & Sapele, F. (2021). Covid-19 Pandemic and Educational Development in Rivers State, Nigeria. Journal of Social Sciences, Business and Technology (JSSBT), 2(2), 37-43. Retrieved from https://journals.cuk.ac.ke/index.php/JSSBT/article/view/69