By Oswald Agwu
Ebonyi State Government, through its Ministry of Education has officially launched the State Radio and Television Teacher programme tagged EB-RTV.
The programme was aimed at facilitating teaching and learning through the State Television and other electronic Media channels as a mean of sustaining educational activities, especially with the restrictions occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Performing the assignment at the Ministry’s headquarters, Centenary City, Abakaliki, the State Commissioner for Education, Dr. Onyebuchi Chima explained that the event was in accordance with Governor David Umahi’s directive that teaching and learning should continue through the Radio and Television in the face of Coronavirus pandemic for schools to meet up with their calendar.
Chima challenged tertiary institutions in the state; education scientists and researchers to develop practical ways whereby students and pupils could be taught at home as if in classroom, adding that such would eliminate the challenges posed on the country’s educational system by the pandemic.
He called on the management of the five tertiary institutions of learning in the state to key into the Federal Ministry of Education’s directives and establish ICT methods of teaching tertiary level students online as obtains in the western world in order to sustain educational calendar when schools reopen.
Vice Chancellor, Ebonyi State University, Professor Chigozie Ogbu, as well as the Provost, Ebonyi State College of Education Ikwo, Professor Benedict Mbam said their institutions were putting in place measures to fully establish Information and Communication Technology facility for distant learning.
They however regretted that their institutions do not have facilities on ground to float online teaching and learning at this period of students’ sit-at-home.
Meanwhile, the Rector, Federal College of Agriculture Ishiagu Dr. Wilfred Nwangwu observed that distance teaching and learning method would not work for institution with practical dependent curriculum, and advocated reopening of schools for students to continue their learning.
The education stakeholders further applauded Governor David Umahi for his proactive response to COVID-19, and advised members of the public to abide by all safety measures put in place by government and its health partners. Recall that the state radio and television stations had already started the learning programme.