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99% of Anambra schools, ready for August 4 reopening – Omenugha

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In line with the recent federal government’s directive, Anambra State Government has expressed readiness for exit classes in schools to resume on August 4.

  This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Basic Education, Kate Omenugha during the fourth edition of ‘Meet The Media’, an exclusive insight into the Obiano administration, held at Jerome Udoji Secretariat Complex, Awka, on Tuesday.

  According to her, after a meeting with the Federal Ministry of Education which concluded that states should prioritise phased opening of schools, Anambra State will join for the WAEC examination exercise which will commence on August 17, 2020.

  She said that from the feedback available to her ministry, 99 per cent of the schools in Anambra are ready.

  Prof Omenugha gave insight into Governor Obiano’s promotion of technical education in the state, including offering free tuition to students with special needs, accreditation of 23courses in 12 technical colleges in the state, renovation of the Special Needs School at Isulo and increment of its monthly allowance from N50,000 to N500,000 and full scholarship to about 350 indigent students, among

others.

  Noting  that Anambra children have distinguished themselves in global competitors as a result of policies of the present government, she  recalled that the Obiano-led government had increased remuneration of teachers in hard-to-reach areas to 20  per cent of their basic salariesy, adding that government is working to review the policy on areas of concentration.

  She maintained that prior to the emergence of the Obiano administration, Education Ministry’s foundation was laid but not well solidified, adding that among other things, the state government commenced ICT training of teachers which is being leveraged on during the present coronavirus pandemic.

  She commended the ABS management led by the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Chief Uche Nworah and stakeholders in education, noting that the ongoing teaching – on- air- program on the

ABS platform is perhaps the best thing achieved by the present administration.

  Omenugha further disclosed that approval has been secured to distribute more radios to more people for increased participation.

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