Child Reintegration Centre Director Olivia Fonnie announced a plan to supply solar powered radios to the families of CRC students who are preparing for the upcoming mandatory promotion exams. Students throughout West Africa must pass the National Primary School Examination (NPSE) to promote to Junior Secondary School, and the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) to promote to the Senior Secondary level.
In late March, Sierra Leone recorded the first case of COVID-19, leading President Bio to initiate stringent preventive measures, including the nationwide closure of schools, churches and mosques. To compensate for school closures, the Ministry of Education is airing daily radio broadcasts presented by trained teachers. A time table has been prepared and circulated throughout the country. The problem is, many of the families served by the Child Reintegration Centre can barely afford food, much less a radio.
"The only form of teaching now in the country is through radio. But most of our caregivers are too poor to afford a radio," Director Fonnie says. "The country is blessed with a lot of sunshine. So the distribution of solar-powered radios to our children will help make the COVID-19 school radio program more accessible. This will help our children to continue studying for the examinations and at the end, come out with flying colours."
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