ANAMBRA State Commissioner for Basic Education, Kate Omenugha, has said that schools in Anambra will not reopen until the federal government makes its directive clear on the matter.
Prof. Omenugha said this while exchanging views with newsmen in her office at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka.
“Government knows what it is doing, so we are not going to reopen the schools and risk lives of our children to COVID-19 pandemic because some teachers are calling on us to resume.”
The commissioner commended the government for supporting teaching –on- air programme.
“I thank the governor, who has supported us since April 1, when we commenced the `teaching – on-air-programme’.
“When schools were shut down on March 24, because of coronavirus pandemic, we decided to engage school children in something meaningful instead of leaving them to idle away.
“Second week into the programme, we opened the lines for students to call in, so that we can get feedbacks because it’s being streamed live on facebook and also on Youtube,” Omenugha said.
She also said that plans were underway to involve the physically challenged persons like the deaf and dumb in the teaching on air programme.
The commissioner, who said that government was planning to train teachers on use of technology, encouraged them to invest in themselves by updating their knowledge.
She urged parents to take interest in the education of their children so as to make learning easier for them.
“It is high time our parents started taking interest in the education of their children. We should know that the world is moving on and it’s not going to wait for us.
“It is worthy of note that government cannot provide everything for the children; parents should endeavour to provide android phones for their children to help them in e-learning,” she said.
Prof. Omenugha noted that technology in education had come to stay, stressing that even after COVID-19 pandemic; the ministry will engage the children in blended learning.
“When schools eventually resume, we are not going to use only the traditional face-to-face method of learning but we will also teach the children through electronic and online media.
“The schools will also run morning and afternoon sessions so as to maintain physical and social distancing.
“We’re also working with Rotary Club that has pledged to support the government in what it is doing.
“The government is also planning to reach people in rural areas by providing them with radios,” the commissioner said.