UPDATE: Anambra Government Refutes Report on Ban of Extra Mural Classes

The Ministry of Education in Anambra state has declared as false, and a gross misquote, the news making the round in some sections of the media, that Governor Soludo has banned extra moral classes and pegged the time for school dismissal in the State.

The Commissioner for Education, Prof. Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, said the story was quoted out of context, adding that there was never a time banning of extra moral classes and time stipulations for schools dismissal was mentioned in her press statement.

Professor Chuma-Udeh advised media practitioners to always ensure factual and accurate reportage devoid of sentiments.

She clarified that the misconceptions emanated from a statement made while fielding questions in a press interview, she delineated the UN stipulated time for dismissal of schools while stating that Nigeria adopts the Progressive Child Centered Education as propounded by John Dewey.

An earlier report on social media said Governor Chukwuma Soludo banned the extension of classes in all schools in Anambra State and directed all schools to dismiss by 2:30 pm.

The report said the State Government had adopted the United Nations (UN) stipulations for schools to end daily academic activities by 2:30 pm, and quoted the Anambra state Commissioner for Education, Prof Ngozi Chuma-Udeh as saying that the adoption was in line with Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s desire for school children to have adequate rest and interaction with their parents before the commencement of the next day’s activities.

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According to the report, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor had earlier expressed worry over the long periods pupils spend in school, describing the practice as unhealthy to both the pupils and their parents, while blaming teachers for the development.

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