Ifeoma, head of academics at Wavecrest
Ifeoma is the head of academics at Wavecrest College of Hospitality in Lagos, Nigeria. She has worked at Wavecrest for 18 years, but the COVID-19 pandemic created unprecedented difficulties for both students and teachers who lacked digital access.
"My biggest challenge in teaching online has been teaching students who do not have the resources, for example students who didn’t have phones that support apps for learning, or have no phone, talk less of a laptop, nor data to sign into class, or lack internet connectivity," she said.
"The other challenge was having to spend a lot more on data. Being the person in charge of academics, it was awful to see that most teachers had to use their phones as they didn’t have laptops to teach with. A good number also had challenges similar to the students: no power, high cost of data and poor network."
The school decided to use WhatsApp to teach online throughout the pandemic.
"It sounds ridiculous but that was the best option considering that most students have access to WhatsApp, and then send teaching notes and references by email." Ifeoma said.
While Wavecrest was able to find solutions to teaching during the pandemic, obstacles such as no power, poor network connection, the high cost of data and some women not having access to phones stood in their way.
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