By Obianuju Azukaego/Chinazo Okoye/Nnaemeka Egwuonwu
Nnewi South (Orumba North/South LGAs), Nov. 27, 2020 (MOI) A total of 692 radio sets have been donated to primary schools in Nnewi South, Orumba South and Orumba North Local Government Areas of Anambra State.
While 267 sets were given to primary schools in Nnewi South at Ukpor, the Headquarters of the LGA, 222 sets were presented to Orumba South at Umunze, the headquarters of Orumba South.
Then, 203 radio sets were donated to primary schools in Orumba North at a primary school in Ufuma.
The radio sets were provided by the state government through the Ministry of Basic Education, Awka to ensure that pupils in remote areas would access the ‘Teaching on Air’ programmes in the state.
In a speech at the presentation of the radio sets to the three Education Secretaries (ES) of the three LGAs, the Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha said the aim was to achieve inclusive education in the state.
She said that the present administration led by Dr Willie Obiano was determined to ensure that no school child was left out in accessing a value based education.
Prof. Omenugha urged the three education secretaries of the three LGAs to distribute the radio sets appropriately to the head teachers of the primary schools.
She noted that the head teachers would be expected to share the radio sets into clusters and create time that they would tune into the radios for the children to learn.
The commissioner said that for school children to meet up with their academic syllabus this season, they must key into the flipped learning such as “Teaching on Air’’.
She said that the ministry embarked on distribution of radio sets to nine LGAs of the state, where there had been the established need for such enhanced access; these three areas were among those identified as needing the assistances.
Prof. Omenugha cautioned the teachers not to divert the radio sets to their personal use as the ministry would follow up to know how they were being used.
Receiving the radio sets, the secretaries of the three LGAs, Mrs Nneka Ireka, Lady Uzochukwu Akuabata and Dr (Mrs) Ifeyinwa Ofodum, said they were happy to receive the commissioner in their areas.
They commended Gov. Obiano for his fatherly love in supporting the education sector, which they said had given Umu Akwukwo Ndi Anambra the leverage to be globally competitive.
The secretaries also gave kudos to the commissioner for Basic Education for her tireless effort at helping the teachers and school children to optimally perform academically, especially at this time of crises over Coronavirus pandemic.
They, however, promised to make judicious use of the radio sets.
At Ukpor in Nnewi South, the Transition Chairman of Nnewi South, Mr Chieloka Okoye, who was represented by the Secretary of the LGA, Mr Ikechukwu Umeaniba praised the Government for its giant strides in the education sector.
He appealed for employment of more teachers to be commensurate with the large number of school children in the LGA.
A community leader at Ukpor, Mr Hyacinth Molokwu and a pupil of Central School, Ukpor, Master Henry Osai thanked the government for the kind gestures.
The Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Orumba South, Mr Emmanuel Okpalanwa described Gov. Obiano as an education-friendly governor, who has helped to make success story of the state education sector.
At the Orumba North LGA, the Transition Committee Chairman of the LGA Mr Obinna Okwentu called for intervention of Government on the community clashes in the LGA that had resulted in the demolition of some school structures. The State Chairman of Anambra State Universal Education Board (ASUBEB), Chief Patrick Ugbajah and other officials of the board as well as directors of the ministry were among the commissioner’s entourage to the three LGAs. (MOI)