The Plateau state government has initiated home learning for children during the current lockdown, using radio and television as a medium.
The Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong, made this known in his weekly state address on the COVID-19.
According to him, “government is also concerned about the impact of the Corona Virus pandemic on the education sector. That is why I directed the Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board to commence the implementation of the UNICEF EDUCATION CAN NOT WAIT INITIATIVE (ECW) to enable our children to learn at home.
“At the moment, learning has started with Television and Radio lessons for children in Mathematics and English transmitted on the Plateau Radio Television Corporation from 9-11am weekdays.
“In addition, we have produced simplified study materials that are being distributed to children especially in rural areas that may not access Radio and Television services.
“In addition, Government is partnering with U-LESSON Education, one of the new Education Technology Company in Nigeria founded by one of the illustrious sons of Plateau State, Mr. Sim Shagaya that will offer online science education to secondary school students”, he disclosed.
He warned against those breaching the rules against the restriction of movement and that if caught they would face sanctions.
“Let me reiterate that the breaches in our inter-State borders remain a major challenge to our efforts at combating the virus. With the ban on non-essential inter-State passenger travel by the President, it has become imperative that more radical measures be put in place to curb illegal infiltrations of our borders.
“We are strategizing and re-inforcing the borders, especially illegal routes. It is important to warn that stiffer penalties and actions will be applied to violators no matter their Status.
“Those who aid and abet this illegality, including Government functionaries should be ready to face the full wrath of the law. I also remind the public that all guidelines earlier issued remain in force as the mobile courts are on duty to try offenders”, he concluded.