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Akwa Ibom state governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has said that the government is making plans to extend its on going school -on-radio programme to cover primary schools by next week.

Emmanuel who disclosed this in an interview on Saturday, said there was popular demand to extend the radio school which the government put up for senior secondary and junior secondary students, to primary school.

The Akwa Ibom state government introduced school -on-radio for secondary students who will be writing the West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE, and the junior secondary certificate examination later this year.

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The government said the school -on -radio is an intermediate to cushion the impact of the non – resumption of schools due to the outbreak of Coronavirus in the state.

Emmanuel said since the Akwa Ibom state government started the school-on- radio there has been demand by parents to extend it to primary school.

“Out of popular demand, we are going to add primary school because people are calling on us to add basic education at the primary level. So, we are working on that. I’m sure very soon the Commissioner for Education will come up with a timetable for that, so that we can start that next week.”

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On the demand by the public for the reopening of schools, the Governor said government was monitoring the management curve of the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic and will reopen schools when it is satisfied that there is more threat.