Covid-19: School distributes radios to pupils to study from home

Covid-19: School distributes radios to pupils to study from home

- Whanyinnah Nursery and Primary School in Nigeria has given out 151 radios to pupils to learn from home

- The school distributed the radios so as to cushion the effect of the pupils' stay at home due to the coronavirus pandemic

- The radio will be used by the pupils to follow up on educational programmes organised by the Lagos state government

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A school in Makoko community, a slum area in Lagos state, has given out radios to its pupils to learn from home amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The proprietor of Whanyinnah Nursery and Primary School, Noah Shemede, said the radios will be used by the pupils to follow up on educational programmes organised by the Lagos state government.

According to him, the school partnered with a foundation to give out 151 radios to the pupils to cushion the effect of their stay at home.

He said:

"We looked at the pandemic and we looked at what is happening in the country whereby all the children are home without going to school - what can we do to assist them?"

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Shemede said the school got radio sets for pupils in Primary 1 to Primary 6.

He said the school usually sends staff to pupils' homes to find out if they are using their radios for what they are meant for.

Some of the pupils said they are tired of staying at home.

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Briefly.co.za previously reported that MEC for Education in Gauteng Panyaza Lesufi has outlined the steps that worried parents need to take if they feel their children should not return to school next week.

Parents all over the country have been sceptical about sending their children back to school because they fear that schools are not adequately prepared to have children back.

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga has come under fire for her decision to reopen schools and several unions are taking the government to court over this issue. Mmusi Maimane, former DA leader, has also joined this fight against the government.

Lesufi explained the option of home education, an alternative to school attendance, is available. A home education site means the home of the learner who is registered for home education is in accordance with Section 51 of the Act.

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Lesufi added that an option of lockdown learning is also available. This is home-based learning to accommodate learners with pre-existing health conditions, those who are sick or are affected by the pandemic in other ways.

A tab on the Gauteng Department of Education website has been created for home education with several documents outlining all the policies and measures in place.

Districts will organise 14-day Learning Activity Packs (LAPs) for categories of learners according to their grades. Parents who wish to make use of home-based learning can apply at www.education.gauteng.gov.za.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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