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COVID-19: FG will meet states govts on Tuesday to discuss school resumption

ADEOLA AJAYI, EKITI

According to the Federal Government directive to all partial school resumption which will grant all graduating class in Primary and secondary to prepare for there exam.

Over the directive majority of the state are currently on the fence while some referred it as bad and wicked decision by the government. However The Nigerian Medical Association and the Nigeria Union of Teachers argued that the move was not only badly thought out, but could also expose both teachers and pupils to the deadly infection.

The Edo State Commissioner for Education, Mr Jimoh Ijegbai confirmed that states are yet to conclude the measures for resumption

“I just got an invitation from the Minister of Education and we are meeting on Tuesday. The truth is that we have not drawn out the modalities for their resumption. I have sent a memo to Mr Governor. We need to buy infrared (thermometers). We need to fumigate all the school premises, get hand sanitisers and personal protective equipment for teachers.”

The Commissioner for education in Niger State The Commissioner for Education, Hannatu Salihu
“We got a directive from (the state) government to conduct a stakeholders meeting, which is ongoing and it involves critical education and inter-sectoral stakeholders, including health, water, information, environment and all relevant partners.”

NAPSS National President, Chief Yomi Otubela, said most state governments had not announced their resumption dates, but that for those which had done so, private schools would begin the fumigation of their premises accordingly.

“We are not going to spend the number hours as it used to be. We are considering a little time of about three to four hours in school. This is to ensure that there is no room for children to go on break and play around the premises.

“And we have also canvassed with our members that there should be staggered resumption. Staggered resumption means that if the JSS3 pupils come to school by 8am, SSS3 pupils can come by 9am while Primary 6 pupils can come by 10am. This is to ensure that we don’t get the entrances and exits crowded.”

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