Lockdown: Oyo begins radio lessons for primary school pupils

The Oyo State Government has commenced airing class lessons in English language and Mathematics for primary school pupils in the state on the radio.

The Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr Nureni Adeniran, said the initiative is in fulfilment of government’s promise to reduce the negative impact of schools’ closure on pupils as a result of the COVID-19.

Adeniran said there would be a broadcast of the interactive radio instruction initiative tagged ‘OyoSUBEB Learning-on-air’ on Oluyole 98.5 FM, while a simulcast would be aired on Oke-Ogun 96.3 FM and Ajilete 92.1 FM.

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According to him, the programme, which covers Basic 1-6, is part of efforts of Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration to keep pupils busy during the ongoing sit-at-home period and to reduce the negative effects of school closure on pupils’ academics.

He said, “The programme is designed to start with the teaching of the English language and Mathematics, while we may include other subjects subsequently.

“The programme will be on air from Monday, April 20, 2020, and will run every day, except on Sundays.”

According to the schedule made available by the Board, the lessons will be aired twice every day from Monday to Saturday.

The details of the programme showed it will be broadcast on Mondays at 10 a.m and 4.05 p.m; Tuesdays 10.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m; Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 4.05 p.m.

Other days are Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.; Fridays at 10 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., while on Saturdays pupils would enjoy the interactive programme at 12 noon and 5:00 p.m.

Adeniran urged parents and guardians to ensure that their children and wards pay attention to the educational programme and participate actively in the learning process.

It will be recalled that the state government shut schools in the to mitigate the spread of the virus.

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