Anambra State Primary and Secondary Schools are ready to resume academic activities as directed by the Federal Ministry of Education.
Anambra State Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha announced this, while being interviewed by newsmen in Awka.
Omenugha said the state was ready for the resumption along with other states as all teachers in the state had earlier been trained on COVID-19 protocols. She said that Primary 6, Junior Secondary 3 (JSS 3) and Senior Secondary 3, (SS 3) would resume on August 4, 2020.
According to her, the students in SS 3 would commence the West African Examination School Certificate (WASC) on August 17.
The commissioner also said that the schools were ready for the resumption as their validation forms had since been filled by school heads to show their readiness.
Prof. Omenugha urged teachers to be Information Communication Technology (ICT) compliant, noting that the use of technology in learning and teaching had come to stay.
“I urge individuals and philanthropists of Ndi Anambra to help to encourage teachers in ICT compliance, so that use of technology in teaching will continue in our schools.”
Prof. Omenugha said that no fewer than 10,000 teachers were trained on ICT in 2019.
According to her, 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 heat of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
She noted that an e-conference is scheduled for August 1, which would involve Traditional Rulers, President’s-General and education stakeholders. The e-conference would focus on workable methods to sustain e-learning in urban and rural areas across the state.
She said that COVID-19 has created an opportunity for flipped classrooms, calling on teachers and students to adapt to it.
Prof. Omenugha, however, tasked teachers and students on creativity in this era to be able to continue their global competitiveness, which they were known for.
She hailed the Government of Anambra for providing a good platform for Anambra students to thrive academically.