Schools adherence with COVID-19 guidelines impressive in Northeast- Stakeholders



Schools adherence with COVID-19 guidelines impressive in Northeast- Stakeholders

By journalists

As academic activities began in the northeast, schools resumed in strict compliance with guidelines on COVID-19 safety protocols.

An investigation by the Nigeria News Agency into the recovery in Gombe and Adamawa showed that most of the schools visited were following guidelines established to prevent the spread of the virus.

A correspondent who has monitored the recovery at some of Gombe’s public and private schools, reports that schools have put in place adequate face mask, sanitizer and hand washing facilities to promote compliance with COVID-19 guidelines.

They include the Center for Special Education, Gombe; Hassan Comprehensive Day High School, Gombe; Public Secondary School for Girls, Kaltungo, Idi Primary School and Jekadafari Primary Schools, Gombe.

At the Gombe Special Education Center, students and teachers were seen wearing face masks in addition to the provision of disinfectant, soap, water and hand washing facilities.

Malam Saidu Jihi-Gadam, the principal of the school, described the level of compliance with COVID-19 protocols by students and teachers as “impressive”.

Jihi-Gadam said students were made aware of the need to heed COVID-19 safety advice to stem the spread of the pandemic.

He said students were also encouraged to come with face masks and disinfectant when school resumes.

“Each of the students wears a face mask, we have provided detergent and water to strategic places for regular hand washing.

“We practice social distancing to prevent students from being exposed and infected,” he said.

Ms Mairo Mohammed, principal of Hassan Comprehensive Day Secondary School in Gombe, said the school authority had a “No face mask, no entry” policy in place.

Mohammed said students and teachers without face masks were not allowed to enter school premises.

The school, she said, has provided water, soap, disinfectant and a thermometer for anyone entering the premises.

“Especially now that our students are taking the Secondary School Certificate Exam (SSCE), we are strict about compliance,” she said.

Ms. Fati Ishaku, principal of the Kaltungo State Girls’ Secondary School, said her school provided water cans and soaps on the premises.

She said similar items were also provided at the entrance to the school.

“We do not allow students and visitors to enter school premises without wearing a face mask,” she said.

In Idi and Jekadafari primary schools, all located in Gombe, students also wore masks that conformed to the guidelines.

Likewise, COVID-19 protocols were strictly adhered to when schools resumed academic activities in Adamawa.

Malam Abubakar Abbas, director of General Murtala Muhammad College, Yola, said the school observed social distancing and the forced use of face masks by students and teachers.

Abbas said the school administration suspended the general assembly of students as part of measures to ensure effective compliance with COVID-19 safety guidelines.

He therefore urged the state government to provide more soap and disinfectant to schools.

For her part, Ms Tumba Abigail, principal of Government Day High School, Karewa, said the school had formed a COVID-19 committee to enforce compliance.

Abigail, however, denounced the poor attitude of some students towards adhering to safety protocols, warning that defaulters would be penalized.

Also commenting, Hajiya Aisha Umar, permanent secretary of the Adamawa State Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, urged parents to provide face masks for their wards when they go to school.

Umar said the call was imperative to complement government efforts to curb the spread of the disease.

She said the state government distributed soap, a face mask, disinfectant and other items to 2,953 public elementary and secondary schools in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.

She said the government is also planning to distribute detergents to promote hand washing in schools.

According to her, the ministry’s COVID-19 committee will soon embark on a monitoring exercise to enforce compliance in schools.

“Principals should make sure their students come with their face masks on before entering classrooms and strictly adhere to protocols,” she said.

However, teachers and students at some schools in Bauchi, Borno, and Jigawa states have flouted COVID-19 protocols despite guidelines requiring compliance with safety guidelines.

In Bauchi, teachers and students in some of the schools visited did not observe safety protocols despite the high number of students.

Some of the schools visited include Government Day High School, Kofa Wambai; Dan Dika Primary / Secondary School, Tudun Yarima, and Babamaji Primary School, Tundun Yarima.

Schools, which resumed on Monday, September 27, ignored COVID-19 protocols contrary to the recommendation of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC).

A correspondent for the Nigeria News Agency , who oversaw the recovery at Government Day secondary school, Kofa Wambai, reports that only one small bucket of water was provided for handwashing on the premises. from school.

Students and teachers did not use face masks or observe social distancing in classrooms.

Principal Yalwa Hamzar, however, said the school is in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines.

He said, “As you can see, I have my face mask and my disinfectant, and there is a water tank at the entrance to the school.

In response, Dr Aliyu Tilde, state education commissioner, declined to comment on the non-compliance with COVID-19 guidelines by some schools in the Bauchi metropolis.

“I have nothing to say about it,” he said.

More so, public and private schools in Borno and Jigawa states were not complying with COVID-19 protocols despite directives from various state governments.

Schools in the metropolis of Maiduguri did not enforce the wearing of face masks, hand washing and physical distancing in defiance of guidelines from the state education ministry.

Mr. Musa Mohammed, a relative, blamed the situation on the state government’s inability to enforce compliance, adding that the trend militated against an effective campaign to control the pandemic.

“Vaccination against COVID-19 is essential now, but the issue of adherence to protocols is history.

“In addition, offices and other public places do not follow state security protocols,” he said.

In Dutse, some of the schools visited were not meeting COVID-19 guidelines despite the distribution of more than 20,000 face masks by the Jigawa government.

Some of the schools visited include Dr Muhammad Nuhu Sunusi Secondary School, Dutse; Government Day Junior Secondary School, Gadadun; Takur Primary School and Jigawar Tsada Primary School.

Others were Dutse Capital Elementary School; Government Unit Commercial Secondary School, Dutse and Arab Government Girls Secondary School, Baure.

To enforce compliance, the Jigawa government on February 17 ordered the mandatory use of face masks in public places across the state.

For Aisha Umar, closer collaboration between school authorities, basic school management committees (SBMC) and parents’ associations (PTA) was necessary to promote effective compliance with COVID-19 guidelines in schools in the region.

Source: NAN

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