COVID-19 : CRTV Sets Up Distance Learning To Help Students

Little Kaisy a class six pupil in Yaounde, and her younger brother settled down on Monday morning to watch television after having breakfast.

To their great delight, a program came up with a teacher, dispensing lessons on French grammar.

This is #FocusOnExams, a new study program on CRTV bringing in teachers on radio, Television and digital platforms to assist children who have been forced to cut short their study program, and stay  home as preventive measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The distance learning concept on media has taken into consideration the two sub systems of Education. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays as from 8:30 am to 10: 00 am, There are TV classes for candidates of the CEP, (certification d’ Etute Primaire) and the Concours d’Entree en Sixieme for the pupils of Cours Moyen 2 level, while similar classes go on radio from 4 pm to 5 pm.

Lessons for the Anglophone sub system are dispensed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays same hour. This aimes to prepare them for the First School Leaving Certificate and Common Entrance Examinations into Secondary Schools.

These media lessons have been made interactive as students can send questions through text messages SMS to the number 8015, and on the CRTV digital platforms and answers are sent back to them.

Secondary Education Cues Into Distance learning Concept

On the third day of the School on TV classes, authorities of secondary education joined the exercise.

The Minister of Secondary Education, professor Nalova Lyonga, accompanied the first lessons which were Life Science and Mathematics for students of 3eme, preparing for the BEPC examinations.

The Minister has lauded the initiative by CRTV, but added that at the secondary level, the lessons will concern all levels, and not only for examination classes.
She opined that the classes might continue even after the coronavirus crisis period.

Students Are Advised To Attend Only  Their Classes

Given that the Distance Learning Classes are on Mass Media,  and could be watched by any body, the Minister has advised students to follow only lessons that concern them to avoid any confusion. ” Students who follow lessons that are not at their level may ask distracting questions, thus disturbing the teachers with unnecessary questions ” the Minister said.

Asked what is the criteria used to select the teachers who are dispensing lessons , Minister Nalova said it is her top secret she will not want to let out. But she expressed satisfaction with the first two lessons.

She added “The lady who dispensed the Maths lesson is already a model for other young female learners to pick up interest in mathematics “.

CRTV Steps Into Full Objective Of Education

The Director General of CRTV, Charles Ndongo, bearer of the concept says the media house is just playing its role of educating the public as a public broadcaster. In the coronavirus crisis period, he said the concept is aimed at avoiding a premature end of the school year.

Several TV and Radio Programs have been suspended to create space for the lessons. The radio classes are being relayed through the ten regional stations of CRTV,  and some partner community radio stations. The lessons are also streamed on CRTV, CRTV WEB’s FACEBOOK page, and shared on social media platforms to permit the students follow up the classes at their convenience.

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