Tech-based teaching will reform schools, says Bayelsa

The Bayelsa State Government has said the newly introduced BayelsaPRIME will revolutionarise teaching and learning in Bayelsa state-owned primary schools.

A statement signed by the Bayelsa Ministry of Education stated that the BayelsaPRIME (Bayelsa Promoting Reform to Improve and Modernise Education),  was the flagship of the basic education reform programme of the Senator Douye Diri-led administration.

It read, “The programme which is executed by the Bayelsa State Ministry of Education and the Bayelsa State Universal Basic Education Board will use technology-based teaching methods and proven modern classroom management techniques as tools to improve pupil participation in classroom, learning outcomes and school attendance.”

It added that over 2,000 teachers and headteachers drawn from four Local Government areas had concluded the BayelsaPRIME Induction training.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Commissioner for Education Bayelsa State, Dr Gentle Emelah, “Teachers in the four pilot Local Governments Areas will no longer face the drudgery of preparing lesson notes as proven and effective lessons will be delivered to them through their teacher-tablets weekly.

“They will also receive continuous support and teacher professional development throughout the school calendar.

“Additionally, all data collection processes including marking of teacher and pupil arrival in schools and recording of examination scores will be carried out through the teacher-tablets.

 The data will be housed in a server that will support empirical policymaking going forward.

“His Excellency, Senator Douye Diri conceptualised this policy in response to challenges facing our educational system.”

“ One thing is sure, our children are going to start learning better with this policy in place,” he added.

Also speaking at the graduation ceremony, a teacher from Government Model School Kiama, Ms Tsubaleifa Kiekaiesa, thanked Diri for going the extra mile to upskill Bayelsa State teachers.

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