Commissioner harps on ICT as Anambra set for Aug. 4 schools re-opening

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Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano

THE Anambra State Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha has announced the state’s readiness to re-open schools.

She made the announcement during an interview with journalists in Awka on Thursday. 

Omenugha said that the state was ready for the resumption and disclosed that teachers in the state had earlier been trained on COVID-19 protocols.  

According to her, Primary 6, Junior Secondary 3 (JSS 3) and Senior Secondary 3, (SS 3) would resume on August 4, while the West African Examination School Certificate (WASC) would kick off, August 17.

She said, “the schools are ready for the resumption as their validation forms had since been filled by school heads to show their readiness.”

She urged teachers to be conversant with modern Information Communication Technology (ICT) as the use of technology in learning and teaching is part of the new normal.  

The commissioner implored “individuals and philanthropists of in Anambra to help to encourage teachers in ICT so that use of technology in teaching will continue in our schools.

“No fewer than 10,000 teachers were trained on ICT in 2019.  

“The ICT training has provided the teachers with the skills with which they executed the ‘on-air-teaching’ since its introduction on April 1, at the break of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.  

“An e-conference scheduled for August 1, which would involve traditional rulers, presidents-general and education stakeholders.  

“The conference would focus on workable methods to sustain e- learning in urban and rural areas across the state.  

“COVID-19 has created an opportunity for flipped classrooms.”

She called on teachers and students to adapt to it.  

Omenugha tasked teachers and students to embrace creativity in this era so as to be able to continue their global competitiveness, which they were known for.

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