The Oyo State Government has modified the resumption of schools slated for June 29.
The new arrangement indicates that only teachers are to resume on June 29, while the students in terminal classes would resume a week later.
The Government had earlier directed all students in terminal classes, including Primary Six, Junior Secondary School Three (JSS3) and Senior Secondary School Three (SSS3), to resume on June 29 ahead of preparations for their various examinations.
A top government source hinted that the change in plans became imperative in view of a latest expert report which indicated the non-readiness of schools in terms of meeting the various government protocols.
A statement issued by Governor Seyi Makinde’s Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Mr Taiwo Adisa, confirms that the Commissioner for Education, Mr Olasunkanmi Olaleye and experts from the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), had been going round schools in the State to determine the compliance with the COVID-19 prevention protocols in the schools.
Adisa said, the Task Force, which rose from a two-and-a-half-hour meeting on Monday, had reviewed the state of preparedness of the schools ahead of the planned resumption.
He disclosed that, “The team has since discovered that a space of one week was needed to enable the schools test-run the facilities, especially the hand washing points and the security measures. By the new arrangement, Teachers are to resume to the schools on Monday June 29, 2020, while students in critical classes including Primary 6, JSS3 and SS3 will resume a week later on July 6, 2020.”
The CPS stated that as of Monday, June 22, no fewer than 372 heads of schools have been trained by the EOC on the management of the COVID-19 containment procedures, while each of the schools is to appoint an Incident Manager, who will ensure compliance with the approved COVID-19 protocol.
He noted that each student is expected to wear a face mask, while the schools are to prepare well laid out hand washing spots to guarantee regular washing of hands by the students and teachers.
“The Task Force also resolved that by July 15, the State government would have reviewed the situation with the schools and come to a conclusion whether the remaining classes would be able to resume or whether the students would have to wait to resume the new session in September 2020,” Adisa said.
The Governor’s spokesperson also noted that the community testing embarked upon by the State government has ensured that close to 8,000 tests have been conducted on residents.
He said the community testing is currently going on in 10 locations across the State, while testing would be regularly conducted from the secondary health centres located in the seven administrative zones of the State after the ongoing massive community testing exercise.
The Task Force urged residents of the State to remain calm and continue to observe the COVID-19 precautionary guidelines, as, according to it, the rising number of positive cases in the State has to do with the ongoing massive community testing.
Source: Voice of Nigeria