e-Learning  as  a  Panacea  for  Inclusive  Education  in  Nigeria

By John Enokela Ejembi


 For a long time, children with disabilities were educated in separate classes or in separate schools. People got used to the idea that special education meant separate education. But research findings abound that indicate that when children are educated together, positive academic and social outcomes occur for all the children involved. It is also a well-known fact that simply placing children with and without disabilities together does not produce positive outcomes. Many countries, including Nigeria have adopted Inclusive education (IE) as a strategy to provide educational opportunities for all citizens irrespective of disparity in age, gender, language, physical challenges, abilities and disabilities. Inclusive education occurs when there is continuous and sustained advocacy, planning, support and commitment. e-learning, when compared with the conventional inclusive education system, has been found to be cheaper, more accessible, more flexible and easier to adapt to any group. In addition, it provides equal opportunity to every learner and it is mobile. This paper examines the challenges of elearning administration while at the same time exposing its merits and recommending it as a veritable tool for effective and efficient inclusive educational system in Nigeria.

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