Online learning doesn’t replace third term resumption – FCTA

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has warned private school owners against using online learning to replace third term 2019/2020 session resumption.

It was reacting to multiple information indicating that some private schools were planning to resume for the third term as the COVID-19 influenced lockdown persists.

FCTA maintained that the closure of schools, which was part of the presidential directive against the spread of Coronavirus, was still in force and as such, the reopening of schools was until further notice.

FCTA Acting Secretary for Education, Umaru Marafa, issued the statement on Tuesday, stressing that “no academic activities in all Schools in any form shall commence until a notice to reopen is approved and conveyed by the Secretariat.”

“Violators of this directive will face the full wrath of the law,” the statement added.

FCTA said that the fact that pupils have missed some part of the second term would be factored into the academic calendar, which would now fit into the third term calender.

“Any action taken otherwise is likely to negatively distort the academic calendar of the schools involved.”

The FCTA Education Secretariat also stated that it had worked out a plan to help pupils continue their learning through lessons on radio and television broadcast.

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With these words of caution, the FCTA becomes the third sub-national government to warn schools against using online learning platforms as substitute for the third term resumption, like Lagos State and Rivers State that earlier did.

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