Education

School Resumption: Students Comply with COVID-19 Protocols

Schools in Ekiti State have resumed for the 2019/2020 third term academic activities, following the directive by the state government that students in SS two, JSS three and Primary six pupils should return to schools.

Radio Nigeria Correspondent who visited some schools in Ado-Ekiti metropolis including Sam/Jewel School, Prison road, Saint Peter’s Nursery and Primary school, Odo-Ado, Saint Paul’s Nursery and Primary school also in Odo-Ado and Saint John’s Primary school, Idemo, all in Ado-Ekiti.

In the schools visited, both teachers and pupils put on face masks, washed and sanitized their hands in compliance with covid-19 protocols.

Also, buckets and hand sanitizers were put in strategic places in the schools, while infrared thermometers were used to test the temperature of the pupils before they were allowed into classrooms.

The principle of social distancing was also observed as ten pupils were arranged in a class.

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state had last week announced the resumption of schools in phases, following reduction in the cases of covid-19 in the country.

The situation was the same in Osun State.

Teaching and learning have commenced in most schools visited in Ilesa.

Meanwhile, Principals of Public Schools in the State have assured their students of accelerated academic activities as the academic session commenced.

In Ibadan, Schools complied with COVID-19 protocols as students resumed for 2020/2021 first term academic session after six months of school’s closure due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Our correspondent who was in company of a team of officials of the state ministry of education, science and technology to monitor the resumption reported that lack of space in one of the schools visited hindered physical distancing.

Some of the schools visited include Anglican Commercial Grammar School, Orita mefa, Oritamefa Baptist Model School, IMG Grammar School, Total Garden, Oluyoro Girls Grammar School, Oke Ofa among others.

The students washed their hands before entering the schools, maintained physical distancing in the classroom while they also put on their masks.

Radio Nigeria observed a different situation at Oluyoro Girls Grammar School as the poor arrangement for timely commencement of teaching and lack of space to accommodate some of the student infuriated the Permanent Secretary of ministry of education mrs aminat atere who led the inspection team.

The development according to Principal of the school, Mrs Aarinola Alebiowu was due to hoodlums in the area who defecated in most of the classrooms.

Radio Nigeria also observed that students who were without nose masks were not allowed to enter the schools premises.

In an interview, the Permanent Secretary Mrs Aminat Atere who represented the commissioner of education said the new arrangement was meant to guarantee physical distancing.

She enjoined the teachers to live up to responsibility in the new teaching guidelines.




Amos Ogunrinde/Isaac Haastrup/Rotimi Famakin

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