COVID 19: Edo State Reward 20 Teachers for their Outstanding Performance
NEWSMAN, Benin – Governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki has rewarded not less than 20 teachers in the state, for their outstanding performance in adapting to the technology-driven EdoBEST@home initiative in the wake of the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Governor Obaseki at an event organised to mark the 2020 World Teachers with the theme, ‘Leading in Crisis, Reimagining the Future’ said the EdoBest@Home initiative which was launched on April 27, 2020 with the aim of offering each pupil an opportunity to access learning materials remotely from the website of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), virtual learning platform through WhatsApp groups and audio channels.
“Within the period of COVID-19 lockdown, over 7000 virtual learning classrooms were created from over 9000 physical classrooms. Approximately, 20,000 pupils a week took the daily virtual quizzes. I am really amazed because if anyone had told me that our teachers will be able to adapt to the usage and navigation of these various devices from remote platforms, I would have said no, because these were the same teachers touted as if they knew nothing,” Obaseki said.
The governor further institutionalized the EdoBEST program, and also launched the Edo STAR Teaching Fellows program. Which is a unique 3-year Fellowship Program, designed for teachers and aspiring teachers in Primary and Junior Secondary Schools, Business Day reported.
“The STAR fellowship program aims to train and groom a new generation of school teachers who are passionate, technologically-savvy, transformative and societally conscious about nation-building through education. It will expose participants to professional teaching skills, academic learning opportunities leading to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDE) in Education for those without teaching credentials,” he added.
Ruth Ani, a beneficiary of the N-Power programme, was praised by the governor for her dedication even when she was not an employee of the state government. She was awarded the sum of N1 million and was made the first candidate to be selected into the Edo STAR Teaching Fellows Programme which is a direct pathway into the civil service based on outstanding performance.
In a goodwill message, Head Teacher, Atebheda Primary School, Agbede, in Etsako West Local Government Area, Nasir Balarabi, commended the governor for the initiative and for adequately motivating teachers during the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.