The governor of the North West region has hailed the education family for efforts made so far to ensure a hitch free back to school come October 5, 2020. He was speaking during the launching of the academic year by the Basic education family on September 24,2020.
The stakeholders evaluated the just ended 2019/2020 academic year and exchanged ideas on the way forward for 2020/2021 academic year.
Kick starting the academic year at a time when the country is still been threatened by the COVID-19 ,the governor said all measures have been put in place by the various sectoral ministries to ensure that the pandemic is piped down. He called on parents and teachers to continue educating the children about barrier measures meanwhile in school they will be closely followed up by the teachers and the administrative authorities .
The North West no doubt has a security challenge as a result of the ongoing crisis but the governor has assured the population and the education family that security measures have been stepped up to ensure the resumption of classes. He however called on parents, children and the community as a whole to collaborate with security forces to ensure a total success. To recalcitrant teachers he advised them to shun such habits or face sanctions.
On his part, the regional delegate of Basic Education Wilfred Wambeng Ndong said together with his team, he is quite optimistic that the academic year will be much better that the previous one.Despite the challenges they had last year, he said the education family tried so hard and the children performed so well in the end of course examinations, scoring 76.6% in the Common Entrance examination meanwhile the First school living certificate Examination recorded an 86% Success rate.
Among the innovations put in place this year, a Task force which meets, coordinates,advises and transmits information on the organisation and preparation of the academic year. Some mayors have already supplied didactic materials to the Head teachers. Admissions are ongoing in schools,Cost estimates for destroyed schools are already with the minister for future rehabilitation, and above all they have galvanized with communities who are clearing and cleaning schools in preparation for reopening come October 5,2020.
Just like the Basic Education family, the governor equally communed with stakeholders of Secondary Education last weekend with firm instructions on what should be done.Expectations are high as October 5th approaches with parents making last minute preparations to ensure that their children study like others across the country.