- By Rev’d Richard Peters
Qualitative education is the bedrock of every society, and a government that cares about the educational wellbeing of its citizens is a responsible government. As the dreaded coronavirus pandemic hits the globe, the educational foundations of many nations have been shaken, even as doors of schools all over the country have been closed. But in Akwa Ibom, the doors of our schools are set to be “open”, courtesy of the creative mindset and innovative disposition of Gov. Udom Emmanuel.
Quite startling is the quick and smart approach undertaken by Gov. Emmanuel administration to secure the future of Akwa Ibom students, especially Senior Secondary 3 and Junior Secondary 3 students who were preparing for examinations before the compulsory close down of schools.
Such smart and timely initiative of radio educational programmes on AKBC courtesy of the Akwa Ibom state government is novel and laudable. This is the first initiative by any state in Nigeria during this critical time. This suggests that the present administration does not sleep. It is on its toes to ensure that our future is secured by all legal means.
This initiative is to ensure that our children in JS 3 and SS3 are not rusty in their preparations for WAEC/NECO examinations.
Again, the radio programme is in line with Gov. Udom Emmanuel’s determination to leave a legacy of a youthful population that can compete favourably with their counterparts anywhere in the world. It is only a leader with a concerned mind that would think this far on how to help the youths at this time, where the last thing to cross the minds of some leaders is educational wellbeing and advancement. This is just in addition to various educational policies initiated by his administration, including the renovation of school buildings, provision of quality textbooks to schools, development of sport facilities in schools, giving of scholarship to intelligent students to enhance competition and creativity among students, and many more.
The subjects to be treated in the soon-to-commence classes on radio include: English; Basic Science, Civil Education and Agricultural Science, for JSS3, while English, Civil Education, Economics and Commerce are for SS3. These subjects are well selected to keep the minds of students ready and active, and make them suitable for the examination.
The dates and time will be announced soon.
Parents and guardians should as a matter of necessity ensure that their children and wards make good use of this opportunity to prepare for the forthcoming examinations. They should equally directly supervise their children at home as they listen and interact with their teachers on radio. This is the best thing that could have happened to our children at a time when it appears as the world is finally coming to an end. But to Akwa Ibom students, the world has just started.
Gov. Udom Emmanuel and his team will continue to devise means to help Akwa Ibom people live above the effects of the lockdown through several innovative policies and measures.
It has always been his dream to serve effectively irrespective of the circumstances that may come our way as a people.