Concerned about the negative academic gaps,that arises due to the COVID-19 pandemic, where pupils and students education is grossly impeded,the lawmaker representing Ifako Ijaiye constituency II at the Lagos Assembly, has bankrolled a radio class partnership with Jordan 105.5 FM to help school goers amongst his constituents.
The lawmaker Hon.Rasheed Makinde,notes that the radio session will run till when the scourge of the virus subsides and lockdown of schools relaxed.
According to him,the Coronavirus pandemic has been taking its’ toll mostly on the public school students.
He said,”private school owners already have measures put in place to ensure their students are well captured,and to continue their studies via the use of Information Communication Technology, ICT medium to beat time and cover maximally their curriculum.
“The less privilege students must also be given equal opportunity to thrive.
“Hence we now have, a radio class for students of Ifako-Ijaiye constituency 02, Ojokoro LCDA which I sponsor purposely to address the lapses.
“This is part of measures we put in place to ensure students of both public and privates schools are not abandoned in their educational pursuit, despite the global pandemic coronavirus.
The lawmaker added that, “it is more imperative to think of better alternatives of engaging the children whose education has been truncated due to the ranging scourge of the pandemic.”
In the words of the Programme Coordinator Comrade Olatunde Kenneth, Makinde Ambassador said, the radio programme will run from Monday-Friday on a weekly basis and it shall last until the lockdown on schools is relaxed.
“The online class will provide detailed tutorials on basic subjects of Mathematics and English for students for free. The fee which has been paid for by our distinguished representative in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Rasheed Makinde. We are focusing more on the students of public school whose schools are not running online tutorials for them unlike their peers in private schools.
“The idea for the online tutorials is aimed at providing a unique type of palliatives that’s different from the sharing of food items that has been going on and also support parents who could not afford to pay for the fees due to the economic meltdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have released quite a number of slots to Jordan FM, 105.5 to be given to callers who are interested in the class for their wards. Though the slot is limited and it is on the basis of first-come.
“We are optimistic that this will go a long way to keep the children prepared ahead of their resumption. I am sure it will have a positive impacts on the benefiting students whose morale is currently at the lowest ebb as characterized by the long period of time they have been out of school.” Kenneth stated.
Meanwhile parents within Ifako-Ijaiye constituency are enjoined to listen to Jordan FM 105.5 to get the free slot as it has been duly paid for by their representative in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Rasheed Makinde.