Education: Oyo Launches ‘School On Air’

Professor Adeniyi Olowofela
As part of efforts to improve the standard of education in the state, the Oyo state government has introduced School-on-Air teaching method to further enhance academic programmes of public secondary schools with a view to reduce rate of failure in internal and external examinations.
Addressing newsmen in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital on Monday, the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela who made this disclosure,  explained that the pertinence of the programme to the success of secondary school students in the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination informed the government’s decision to subscribe to the programme for public schools in the state.
According to the commissioner, the newly launched concept  was introduced to take quality education to the door step of the students and also to complement teachers’ efforts towards promoting academic excellence in schools, especially in the remote areas where there may be limited numbers of teachers.
“Students do not need to move about with lorry loads of text books and the hazardous implication of either losing it completely or tearing off. All a student needs to do is to go to the class and watch qualitative lectures on the screen, just like watching the popular world class football competitions.
“But this time around the students are not watching legs; they are watching and listening to lectures according to their various time -tables. If our students make good use of the facility, it will go a long way to boost learning in school and student’s performance”, Olowofela explained.
Also, he added that the partner to the state government on School-on-Air project, Educational Advancement Centre, Ibadan deserved commendation for its ingenuity.
The free-to-air satellite TV channel on Calvary Network entails only a decoder and dish to enjoy 16 Senior Secondary School Certificate subjects packaged on School-on-Air educational scheme.
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