Ministry prepares broadcast school
The Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture says it is preparing to remotely broadcast school lessons in case of an extended state of emergency.
“The M.E.S.C. is resorting to homeschooling using television and radio to broadcast the courses of the remaining school year in case the shutdown continues,” said the Minister of M.E.S.C., Loau Keneti Sio.
“We are in talks with the television companies and radio stations to air the courses for our students. They are the future of this country.
“We have the digital T.V. and the Government radio station and it's doable.
“Teachers are aware of the proposed education programmes and what they need to do in making sure their lessons are up to date for the students.”
Last week, Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi, declared a state of emergency to prevent the spread of the coronavirus which led to closing of all public and private schools.
Loau told the Samoa Observer the Ministry has shortened holidays to coincide with the shutdown, scheduled to last two weeks.
“If the shutdown continues we will then move to broadcast the courses,” Loau said.
The Minister called on the parents to prepare for the change.
“There is no assurance the students will be homeschooled and therefore the parents need to play their part and make sure they are in front of the T.V. or listening to the radio,” he said.
He said the only problem with the measure is the cost involved.
“It is expensive to have live television across the country but this is necessary and indicated earlier we cannot go on like this, these students have to be homeschooled,” Loau said.
“And if your family does not have a T.V., please invest in a radio for the sake or your children.”