Ekiti Govt. to Fumigate Schools, Says Covid-19 Protocols is Sacrosanct

Ekiti State Government is set to commence fumigation of all public primary and secondary schools in the state in preparation for the resumption of pupils and students of graduating classes.

The Commissioner for Education, Mr Foluso Daramola, made this known in Ado-Ekiti during a meeting with principals of secondary schools and other critical stakeholders in the education sector.

He explained that his ministry and that of the environment had been saddled with the responsibility of carrying out the task of fumigating all public schools to curb the spread of coronavirus when they finally resume.

Mr Daramola told the gathering that the government would also provide infra-red thermometers, liquid soap, hand sanitizers, buckets, and other materials needed when schools resume in the state.

The commissioner advised members of staff with ailments such as high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, and people with low immunity, to obtain medical reports from the government’s health institutions before resumption. 

Responding on behalf of others, the state President of All Nigerian Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), who is also the Principal of Saint Louis Grammar School, Ikere-Ekiti, Mrs Rhoda Ojo, advised Government to embark on aggressive media campaign to sensitize both the parents and guardians on their roles and responsibilities, as well as items to provide for their children such as face masks upon resumption.

Similarly, the Ekiti State Government says only the private schools that meet all the conditions and criteria laid down by the government would be allowed to reopen for academic activities in the State this month.

The Commissioner for Education, Mr Foluso Daramola made the pronouncement in Ado-Ekiti during a meeting held with the proprietors of private schools across the state.

Speaking through the Technical Adviser to the Governor on Education, Dr. Mrs. Bimpe Kofoworola Aderiye, the commissioner stressed that all private primary and secondary schools in the state must receive clearance certificates before their schools could be reopened for teaching and learning activities.

Mr Daramola reiterated that the schools must have at least two infrared thermometers, to ascertain the temperature levels of both teachers and pupils, and must show evidence of the fumigation of their school environment, while also maintaining social distancing and all the other COVID-19 protocols announced by Government, at any particular time.

The commissioner said that his ministry would work in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and Human Services, to train focal persons for each school on how to manage students with high temperature and also to handle any suspected case of coronavirus.

According to the commissioner, the state government had constituted a 21 member committee to monitor the Covid-19 pre and post school resumption to see the level of compliance.

In his remarks, the president of private school owners in Ekiti State, Reverend Williams Olufemi, promised the support of his association to the state government in combating the spread of Covid-19 in the State.

Reverend Williams appealed to the state government to incorporate members of his association into the COVID-19 committee of the Ministry of Education, in order to identify and locate all the private schools in the state for effective monitoring. 

Amos Ogunrinde

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