Flood: Anambra establishes teaching centers for pupils in IDPs

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Anambra State Government has concluded plans to provide learning opportunities for children in `Holding Centres’ in communities where flooding has posed serious challenge to children expected to be in schools.

Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof Kate Omenugha who disclosed this at a stakeholders’ meeting, said a committee to be chaired by Head, Post Primary School Service Commission (PPSSC), Otuocha zone, Mr Joseph Enemuo was set up to ensure the success of the project.

She said the committee would find ways of teaching school children in flood-challenged areas of the state, as well as ensure that learning was going on at all the holding centres of the state.

“The committee will also be handy with data on the number of schools submerged in flood and the damages to equipment if any,” she added.

Meanwhile, the State Government has extended the 3rd term 2019/2020 academic calendar by two weeks.

In a release signed by Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Basic Education, Mr Nwabueze Nwankwo said the 3rd term academic session would run from Sept. 14 to Nov. 12 as against an earlier calendar of Sept. 14 to Oct. 23.

The statement read, “Those in flood-affected areas will proceed on recess from Oct. 5, until the situation improves.

“The Ministry implores the affected students and pupils in flood affected areas to make effective use of the ‘Teaching On-Air’ programme as radio sets will be distributed to these areas for optimal use.’

“Students involved in National Examination Council (NECO) has been assigned to other unaffected schools to sit for the examinations.”

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The statement noted that the Ministry would soon release the full details of 2020/2021 academic calendar.

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