Gov’t to provide radio sets for school children

By Atimaku Joan

The government and its partners through the Ministry of General Education and Instruction has promised to purchase radio sets for children in rural areas to improve distance learning.

Speaking during the International Literacy Day celebration on Tuesday, the Minister of General Education and Instruction, Awut Deng Acuil said the process of purchasing radio sets was ongoing. She said the radio sets were to benefit all the children in remote places nationwide.

 “We are working with partners to procure radio sets for children in remote places in the entire country,” said Awut.

In the rural areas, there are few radio sets among the parents and it is very difficult for the children to get the information especially the radios and television learning sessions put in place by the government to benefit pupils and students following the closure of schools due to coronavirus. 

According to Minister Awut, the radio sets aim to provide lessons in chore subjects like English language, mathematics and sciences.

She stated that there has been a challenge on this program because the distance learning program does not cover the entire country due to limited radio coverage and lack of radio sets that led the ministry and its partners to buy radio sets.

She noted that the ministry was working on the process of reopening of schools in case the Covid-19 cases become minimum and manageable.

The educational radio programme for children was launched to enable more children to continue with their learning while schools are closed. Since 20 March, 2020, education facilities have been shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

After the closure of schools, Ministry of General Education and Instruction (MoGE&I) together with UNICEF and other education partners developed a radio programme for primary and senior classes.

The programme covers English language, mathematics and sciences and it is live on Radio Miraya and SSBC Monday to Friday between 10 and 11 in the morning and 2 and 3 in the afternoon.

During the live sessions given by teachers, students can call toll-free numbers to reach teachers in the studios if they have questions. For radio Miraya the number is 3030, for SSBC 4040. On Saturdays and Sundays, the radio stations will be airing pre-recorded lessons.

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