The Lagos State government has disclosed that it is giving out 10,000 radio sets in a bid to help pupils in remote and underserved communities continue with their academics while still at home.
According to the state commissioner for education, Folasade Adefisayo, who disclosed the development to newsmen in a recent interview, the outbreak of Coronavirus has affected the education system, and hence the need to readjust school terms to meet current realities.
Also, the commissioner revealed the governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s led government has been in talks with telecommunications companies to give free or subsidized data to schools to enable pupils to learn from their various homes.
Adefisayo noted that the government couldn’t have reached out to every pupil in their respective homes but will ensure that the devices get to their doorstep.
She said, “We couldn’t have reached every child because not everyone has access to these devices but we are already working on getting across to them,”
“I started crowdfunding efforts with our partners to buy radios and we will start distribution of 10,000 radios tomorrow so that the children can join radio lessons.”
“So far, the children have been responding to their teachers on Whatsapp. As for the other devices, the devices from our partners, it has been programmed so that it is only the curriculum that is on them,” the commissioner added.
Responding to question on when schools may likely reopen fully for the third term, Adefisayo said, “it was the federal government that closed the schools, and only they can open them.”
“Private school owners should accept that school has changed. Learning has moved to another medium. The onus is on private schools to convince parents to join online lessons,” Adefisayo noted.
“They should start a subscription-based learning system. We are speaking to telcos on ways to subside data charges for education to help private school owners reduce costs,” she added.
In another news, the leader of INRI Evangelical spiritual church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, has warned the President of Muhammadu Buhari to be careful in toying with the dreadful Coronavirus pandemic, Naija News reports.