The Kaduna state government has introduced radio and television teaching programmes for students during the lockdown period, occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.

Phoebe Yayi, permanent secretary, ministry of education, told NAN on Sunday that the programme would commence on April 6.

According to her, the digital lessons programme would focus on senior secondary school students preparing for the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and the National Examinations Council (NECO) examinations.

She said that the programme was aimed at preventing students from being idle at home while on lockdown, which, according to her, might affect their academic performances.

“This is part of the state government’s efforts in deploying digital platforms to improve teaching and learning in public schools,” she said.

“You are aware that senior secondary school students will write WAEC and NECO examinations as soon as the Coronavirus crisis is over.

“We are trying as much as we can to ensure that the lockdown does not affect their performances in the examinations.”

The permanent secretary said that the programme would be aired on all major television and radio stations in the state, between 9:00 am. and 11:30 am., adding that it would cover all the subjects.

She said that the lessons would be 20 minutes per period and two times in a week, with the exception of Mathematics and English Language, which would be three times in a week.

She also said that the contacts, names and phone numbers of the teachers would be provided for the students to ask questions.

The announcement comes about a week after the government of Ekiti commenced the teaching of primary school pupils on Ekiti FM 91.5, the state-owned radio station.

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