From Yakubu Busari, Jos
Professor Matthew Sule
The Executive Secretary of Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board, Prof Matthew Sule at the weekend disclosed that the Board has combined e-learning and hard copy study method for pupils and students in the state to overcome the initial challenges of data and electricity supply.
Speaking to some journalists at the board headquarters at Dogon Dutse in Jos North Local Government Council, Prof Sule said the conventional process of learning even before the advent of Covid-19, whereby the children interacted with their teachers face-to face had to be tackled by the new method to keep the children up to date.
According to him, electronic learning is a deliberate means to ensure that the pupils are acquitted with the digital learning methodology.
Disclosing that PSUBEB has commenced the airing of the teaching programme for primary and secondary schools through stations managed by Plateau Radio and Television Corporation, PRTVC and Jay FM, he stressed that with the help of their parents the children can maintain social distance at home.
“We are at the point of producing another set to be delivered and also produce hand sanitizer for onward distribution to rural areas through the education secretaries.
Prof Sule emphasized that by way of conducting this exercise, the state has done a lot in the provision of electricity, road networks and building of schools in many rural areas and provided them with modern facilities to attract teachers posted to rural areas.
He said electricity was available especially in the rural areas for teachers to sustain the online teaching.
“When the present government came on board, they encouraged teaching staff to accept transfer to work in rural communities by providing social amenities which were lacking with 24 hours light. Unlike in the township where we don’t have light constantly, our rural community teachers can now enjoy solar energy. They can listen to radio and watch news on TV and the improve performances of their pupils.”
Sule expressed optimism that though the conventional learning system for the children is better, “because learning in school is to keep the children there and provide them with constant check and guidance from fomenting trouble knowing that they are under the supervision of the teacher,” the “introduction of electronic learning system is making headway with the require result.
“We are already getting feedback from the general public including academia who are phoning to commend us for introducing the new method in our education calendar.”
He maintained that the were still challenges in Plateau South and the education board has concluded arrangements to commence the same programme with Agro FM in Shendam LGA for the children to take advantage of electronic learning.
He said the Board has also arranged hard copies to be shared to schools that are not gaining from electronic learning system through radio and TV and for now, adding that the affected subjects are mathematics, English Language and phonetics.
“We pray that we take time to add or keep the children on alert. We are not saying we are getting the best but the fact that the children are learning and being kept updated is good,” he said.