Government through the Ministry of Education Science and Technology has launched an Emergency Radio Education Programme to keep learners busy while they are away from the formal school systems.
The programme comes on top of the online learning initiative in which the ministry gives access to learning materials to Forms One and Two students through its website.
Speaking during the launch, Minister of Education William Susuwele Banda said he was hopeful that the programme which is currently targeting primary school learners will reach a wider audience in the country.
“Looking at the technology that we have, on online materials, we did appreciate that we are reaching out to very few learners. Now that we have launched the radio programme which we think in terms of coverage is good enough, we will also move to printing materials,” said Banda.
The programme has been implemented in conjunction with the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef).
Speaking virtually during the launch, Unicef Malawi Representative Rudolf Schwenk also indicated that the radio platform will reach the majority of learners including those in rural areas of the country.
“It has the potential to serve almost 6 million children enrolled in primary schools across the country with focused lessons on literacy, numeracy and science,” Schwenk said.
Government announced the closure of schools last month in an effort to contain the spread of Covid-19.
So far, a committee has been put in place to oversee the possible reopening of schools or how students can continue learning amid the pandemic.
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