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School Resumption: Oyo Govt Warns Public Schools against Non-compliance

Written by Akeem Alao

The Oyo State Government has warned Headteachers of Public primary schools in the State against non-compliance with COVID-19 safety guidelines.

While issuing the warning on Monday September 21, 2020, the Chairman of the state Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran, stated that the government would query schools that fail to comply with extant guidelines for resumption of schools in Oyo State.

Adeniran gave the warning during a state-wide monitoring of schools in Ibadan.

During the compliance monitoring, Dr. Adeniran who led a team of management members from Standard and Quality Assurance Department condemned the poor compliance of teachers and pupils in some schools.

One of the schools visited

Some of them were seen without facemasks and flouting social distancing instructions.

At some schools, Dr. Nureni Adeniran noted that the compliance level was not encouraging, while the team did not meet teachers in others. Pupils did not comply with extant guidelines of social distancing and use of nose-masks.

However, the team applauded the compliance level of some teachers and pupils to resumption guidelines.

Speaking with journalists after the inspection, Dr. Adeniran said, “We want to ensure total commitment to safety in our schools. We cannot afford to endanger the lives of our pupils and staff members.”

He also called on the Headteachers of public primary schools to ensure full compliance with the guidelines.

Dr. Adeniran said, “while some schools are serious with the guidelines, some were lackadaisical about the issue of COVID-19 and have been called to order.”

“The State-wide monitoring would be extended to other parts of the State during the week,” he added.

Schools visited were Methodist Primary School, Agbeni; Islamic Mission School, Yemetu; Ratibi Muslim School, Molete St. Bredan’s Primary School, Kumapayi, Egbeda; Abadina Primary School, UI and St. Thomas Primary School I, II & III, Agbowo.

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Akeem Alao

Akeem Alao trained as a language teacher. He graduated from Adeniran Ogunsanya college of Education where he studied English/Yoruba Languages and Ekiti State University where he obtained a degree in English Education.

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