Anambra State government says it will provide over three thousand Radio sets to school Children living in the hinterlands to boost the participation of Teaching On Air programme amidst COVID-19 lockdown.
The Commissioner for Basic Education Professor Kate Omenugha, disclosed this during a function organized by the Rotary Club of Awka Central in partnership with the Ministry of Basic Education to appreciate teachers for sustaining teaching and learning during coronavirus pandemic lockdown. Our correspondent reports that Professor Omenugha said that Governor Willie Obiano being education friendly has announced the intention of the government to provide radio sets to the hinterlands to enable all school children participate in the teaching on air programme.
While commending the teachers for rising to the occasion, Professor Omenugha said when schools eventually reopens there is going to be blended learning as teaching on air programme will still be ongoing and charged teachers to build capacity in ICT.
In a remark, the President of the Rotary Club of Awka Central Dr. Tochukwu Mbachi who was accompanied by some Rotarians among whom were Sir Chika Ekwueme, Dr. Dennis Ekemezie, Chief Kanayo Obidigbo and Professor Frank-Collins Okafor, said the club was motivated by the efforts of the teachers in sustaining teaching on air during the global covid19 lockdown.Later in an interview some of the teachers Mr. Kenneth Nweke a Physics
teacher and Mrs. Amaka Anekwe an English teacher from Holy Cross High School Umuawulu- Mbaukwu, said teaching on air is an experience of international best practices which should be sustained. They thanked the Commissioner for Basic Education, Professor Kate Omenugha, Chief Uche Nworah and Governor Willie Obiano who they described as education friendly.
Present during the function were the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Basic Education Mr. Nwabueze Nwankwo, Chairman Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board Chief Patrick Ugbaja, Chairman Post Primary Schools Service Commission Lady Ify Okaro, Executive Secretary Post Primary Schools Service Commission Mrs. Josephine Onuorah, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Secondary School Monitoring Dame Chinyere Mbakwe, among others.
Highlight of the event was the presentation of forty bags of rice, forty pieces of radio set and one thousand DVD recorded teaching on air programme by the Rotary Club of Awka Central.