Michael Promise Ogolodom*, Muhamed Sidi, Oluwafemi O. Egbeyemi, Joseph Chukwuemeka Eze, Angel-Mary Chukwunyelu Anakwue, Michael Sunday Okpaleke, Valentine C. Ikamaise, Daniel Chimuanya Ugwuanyi, Muhammad Akram, Hyacienth Uche Chiegwu, Christopher Chukwuemeka Ohagwu, Victor Kelechi Nwodo, Awajimijan Nathaniel Mbaba and Uche Nathaniel Eja-Egwu
Background: The policy response to subdue the spread of Covid-19 initiated by the Radiographers Registration Board of Nigeria (RRBN), has serious impact on its academic programmes. This study aimed at assessing the perception of the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on the academic progress of participants of the RRBN programmes.
Materials and Methods: This was a questionnaire-based descriptive survey. We employed both hardcopy and electronic version of the questionnaire in this study. The completed hardcopy questionnaires were retrieved immediately while the responses from the electronic version were retrieved electronically. The data obtained were analyzed using descriptive statistics.
Results: Majority 82.35% (n=98) of the respondents perceived that Covid-19 pandemic affected their academic advancement due to the suspension of RRBN programmes. Majority 88.24% (n=105) of the respondents agreed that they could have gotten a new job if they had completed the programme. Majority 43.70% (n=52) of the respondents were mostly affected during their coursework. The respondents 100% (n=119) agreed that the board should reduce the cost of the programme at this period. A larger number 86.55% (n =103) of the respondents perceived Covid-19 pandemic to affect their normal work place duties. All the respondents 100% (n=119) said that RRBN had earlier fixed their programme activities, which were suddenly cancelled due to the pandemic.
Conclusion: This study has shown the negative impact of Covid-19 pandemic on the academic programmes of the RRBN, which include undue delay in completion of the programmes with concomitant increase in expenses and loss of job opportunities.