The Kogi Government has expressed satisfaction with schools’ compliance with the safety protocols against the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
The state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Wemi Jones, made the remark on Monday while speaking with newsmen after he led a team to monitor students’ resumption in schools for exit classes.
“The level of compliance is quite encouraging and impressive in all the public and private schools we visited.
”Both private and public schools really complied. The secondary schools had only their JSS3 and SS3 students present in school and primary six pupils alone in the primary schools we visited.
”Teachers were already working by doing revision for students, and that is very encouraging.
”It shows that all our efforts of sensitising the people have yielded results. I must say I am very pleased and impressive with what we have seen today,” Jones said.
He commended the principals and teachers for ensuring total compliance with the COVID-19 safety protocols on schools’ resumption, saying, ”I am so encouraged by what I have seen today”.
Earlier while addressing the students, the Commissioner welcomed them back to school, adding that the State Government had been very proactive in ensuring that schools were safe for resumption for the students of exit classes.
He advised the students to take good care of themselves and their environment both at home and in school, and ensure proper personal hygiene, saying, ”we will not lose any of you in Jesus name”.
He also urged the students to take advantage of the WAEC e-learning website (waeconline.org.ng/e-learning) to practice past questions on it as they prepared for their examinations.
Jones, however, warned them against examination malpractice, saying Government would not tolerate the habit.
”Examination malpractice will not be condoned, defaulters will be punished severely. So, I beg you, do not get yourself caught in the web.
”Government will do everything to ensure the safety of students and teachers,” he said.
Dr Habeeb Yaqeen, the Chairman of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Kogi chapter, described the level of compliance with the COVID-19 safety protocols among private schools as “highly impressive’’.
Yaqeen, who doubles as the Proprietor of Al-Hassan International College, Lokoja, said private schools who could not meet up with high level of compliance as at last week were asked to resume on Tuesday.
”We are not prepared to give any chances whatsoever because we do not want any spike or incident. So, the compliance so far is good among private schools,” he said.
The Principal of Bishop Delisle College, Lokoja, Mrs Bola Boro, expressed gratitude to God and happiness to receive the students back in school.
”We have put all the necessary things in place and observed all the required COVID-19 safety protocols for our students,” Boro said
While commending the State Government for fumigating the school, the principal urged the government to provide Infrared Thermometer for screening of students and teachers.
Schools visited by both teams included: Crowdther Memorial College, Bishop Delisle College, St. Luke School, and Government Day Secondary School, all in Lokoja.
Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)https://nnn.ng/resumption-kogi-govt-satisfied-with-schools-compliance-with-covid-19-protocols/