Nigeria has recorded 591 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
This time around, Oyo state led the pack with 191 new infections with Lagos behind with 168.
Others are FCT-61, Ondo-29, Osun-26, Ebonyi-24, Edo-23, Ogun-14, Rivers-13, Akwa Ibom-12, Kaduna-10, Katsina-6, Borno-4, Ekiti-3, Delta-3, Imo-3, and Niger with one.
Out of 39,539 confirmed cases, 16,559 patients have been discharged while 845 deaths recorded.
Confirmed Cases by State
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COVID-19: Parents tell minister to include children with special needs in E-learning
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect school resumption nationwide a group called Concerned Group of Special Need Parents in Nigeria, CGSNPN, under the auspices of the Engraved One’s Prayer Support and Advocacy Initiative, EOPSAI, Tuesday has written an Open Letter to the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, over the inclusion of children with special needs in Federal Government’s e-learning portal.
The letter with the subject ‘The Need For The Inclusion Of Special Needs Classes In The Nation’s Homeschooling Option During The Period Of Covid19 Lockdown’ was signed by Concerned Group of Special Need Parents in Nigeria, CGSNPN.
They called on the government to give special attention to children with special needs in order for them to grow and develop as other citizens of Nigeria.
According to them, the letter was necessitated by the realities posed by the challenge children with special needs are grappling with and the negative impact of the lockdown on the quality of life of these children.
“That the present reality of the lockdown situation has brought to the fore that parents need to be trained and equipped to meet the educational needs of their Special Needs children while at home such as we have now. That even where these skills are available, payment for the data required to download standard materials, the fuel or generator required to sustain online learning remains a concern! Even the Computers and Educational Tabs and many other crucial sensory materials especially required to make this possible remains a fantasy.
“That provision of the much needed assistive aids that are so vital for the success of Special Education Needs Programming is now very cogent and requires the concentrated attention of the Federal Government.”
The group also in the letter recommended the way forward to ensure children with special needs have inclusion forthwith in the on e-learning portal in order for them to benefit and have a sense of belonging.
“The considerate inclusion of ‘Special Classes’ tailored to meet the needs of this class of pupils and students in the Federal Government e-learning portals. That the Government-Sponsored Training Programs to be organized for parents and caregivers immediately normalcy and freedom of movement are restored to equip parents with the right skills to cater to the educational needs of their children. This is to forestall a situation where exceptionally gifted children are left out in the future.
“That the Federal Government consider more robust and all-inclusive palliative plans and measures for parents, caregivers, and institutions in the Special Need category of education and living. Thank you very much Your Excellency for your time sir. We eagerly look forward to receiving positive feedback from you. Hereafter, we also seek for a more engaging discussion with the Honorable Minister as we wish you well in your tenure and service of our dear fatherland!”