Heads of schools in Akure, the Ondo state capital have reiterated their commitment to abide strictly with directives of the state government in ensuring that their pupils/students are protected and safe from COVID 19 infection.
Orange FM’s Gbenga Oluwajana who visited some schools in Akure reports that adequate preparations were made for both the teachers and students as wearing of facemasks was made compulsory before entry into the school premises.
In view of the ravaging effects of the second wave of COVID 19 pandemic across board, the state government, in collaboration with all education stakeholders emphasized the need for parents and students to comply strictly with COVID 19 preventive measures.
Orange FM’s visit to schools in Akure including Holy way N/P school, Estate high school, Anglican primary school, kings and Queens group of schools Oda, Fiwasaye and St Louis Grammar schools showed that there was adequate arrangement for teachers and students to comply with COVID 19 precautionary measures and observe social distancing rules.
The Director, Kings and Queens college, Pastor Joshua Ojuawo and headmaster Holy way primary school, Mr Olajide Isaac said hand basins with water and hand sanitizers have been provided and facemasks were made compulsory for teachers and students before entering the school premises.
The Assistant headmaster of Anglican primary school at Federal housing Estate, Mrs Ibironke Oluwatuyi said pupils were made to wash their hands and physical distancing maintained to prevent any outbreak of COVID 19 among them.
At Estate high school, students were lined up with their facemasks on, and their temperature assessed with thermometer in line with govt’s directives to prevent the spread .
Some teachers including Mr Ogunmola Emmanuel and Mrs Olakiitan Opeyemi noted that the physical distancing measures have been laid down as there is proper spacing for students to sit in the classrooms during teaching and learning instruction.
During an inspection tour to some schools in Akure metropolis, the Permanent Secretary Mr Akin Asaniyan noted that the monitoring will continue to put schools who don’t follow the govt’s guidelines on their toes to prevent the outbreak of the virus among the children.
Others said they are optimistic that these COVID -19 measures will be sustained as students resume their academic activities with proper advocacy put in place to remind teachers and students to always adhere strictly to the preventive measures.