Following the decision by South Western States to allow Senior Secondary 3 pupils sit for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination, some states in the region have expressed readiness to enforce the Non pharmaceutical preventive protocols set by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) before schools resumption.
Among The States that promised the Compliance to the protocols includes Ekiti, Ogun and Osun states.
This was made known at the meeting of the State Universal Education Board SUBEB where the Ekiti State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology spoke of the government readiness and commitment to the safety of both teachers and pupils.
He disclosed that plans are underway to appoint and train focal persons in all schools to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 protocols when schools resume.
Similarly, the Osun state government said it has received the Federal Government guidelines on School Resumption and it has met about 9 out of the 12 issues formulated from it.
Speaking with Vanguard, the Special Adviser to Governor on Education, Mr. Jamiu Olawumi, said: “The dynamism for COVID-19 would not allow anyone to close school forever.
“This is the way malaria started. We have received the Federal Government guidelines on re-opening of schools and out of the 12 issues formulated, we have met nine and have about two to three to resolve.
“Some of the issues include schools management, provision of infrastructure for social distancing, disinfecting schools, provision of water and soap for handwashing, the provision of infra-red thermometers and the use of face mask.
“Presently, we are compiling the list and will present the paper to Governor Adegboyega Oyetola for approval and I know that due to his position to provide adequate security for our people, he will approve the recommendation.”
Similarly, the Ogun State government said it had set up a steering committee that will work out protocol and guidelines resuming of Schools in the state.