From Blessing Ibunge,Port Harcourt
The Rivers State Ministry of Education has revealed plan to embark on a unified e-learning platform for pupils and students in public and private schools in the state while the schools remains physically closed.
The state Commissioner for Education, Professor Kaniye Ebeku, stated on Wednesday yesterday, during a meeting with stakeholders in the education sector in Port Harcourt.
The meeting focused on the completion of the second term 2019/2020 academic session and online resumption of schools for the third term 2019/2020 academic session.
Prof Ebeku during the stakeholders meeting emphasized on the need to introduce the unified e-learning platform to overcome the physical closure of schools created by the ravaging pandemic.
According to Prof Ebeku: “if School closure continues and we do not do anything to engage them in the next two months, the consequence will be far-reaching”.
He noted that the Rivers State Government is desirous to see pupils and students continue normal education activities while they stay safe from the ravaging coronavirus.
Also speaking, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on ICT, Asawo Ibufuro, explained that the platform will provide students learning materials, books, videos approved by the Federal Ministry of Education.
He hinted that the platform will also be flexible to allow schools upload their personal materials, create profiles for pupils and students and make provision for teacher-pupil interaction.
Asawo said: “What we are looking at is to compliment the effort that everyone is making. The state has been very proactive in ensuring that these things are done and I know that we are very instrumental to the things that are happening at the centre”.