Nigerians full of praises as Dapo Abiodun begins TV and digital classes for Ogun students

Amidst the continuous spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria which has led to the closure of schools across the country, Ogun State Government has launched an initiative that would help students make up for the lost classroom time.

Governor Dapo Abiodun in a Twitter statement announced on Tuesday that the state would commence transmission of digital classes for primary and secondary school students via the state-owned television station – OGTV.

This, according to the governor, would compensate for time lost due to the restriction order placed on schools across the State.

Abiodun said the initiative codenamed "Ogun DigiClass", will be facilitated by the State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and will be handled by experienced educators on core topics.

"The morning session will be aired between 9am – 11am, while the afternoon seesion will be aired between 1pm-2pm," the governor tweeted.

"The interactive class, which will allow for questions from viewing pupils and students, can be watched online by those who do not have access to the televised sessions via http://ogundigiclass.ng.”

Neusroom monitored the afternoon session of the 'Digi Class' today (Wednesday) on OGTV and observed a male teacher explaining a topic in mathematics to students who are believed to be watching from their homes.

The initiative sparked a debate among netizens on Twitter. Many Nigerians were full of praises for the governor as they commend the initiative and also tasked other governors to adopt the model.

Some netizens are, however, of the opinion that there must be stable power supply before the programme can be successful.

This is how some Nigerians reacted:

Fadahunsi oluwatosimi/@holeap4 wrote: Great initiative, but 2 critical problems lay ahead: First, where's the light to watch the TV? (Not states fault). Second, to assume that the number of homes that can't afford TV (poverty) is as high as those who can, is an assumption that'll stand.

@deejaydrella: Good innovation sir but with the poor services of @IBEDC_NG how will the kids watch it cause no power supply for example my community (High court Igberen sango ota) we are on Shedding of light for 10yrs , even on our on days we hardly have power supply.

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