From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin
The Kwara state governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has directed that all schools in the state, both public and private should reopen on the 15th October,2014.
The state’s Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Alhaji Saka Onimago, who disclosed this in Ilorin said all necessary arrangements have been put in place in all schools against the possible outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease.
“Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed after consultations with stakeholders today directed all schools in Kwara State, both private and public, to re-open on the 15th of October, 2014; that is, on Wednesday, next week. In view of this, the state government has also put necessary mechanism in place and will organise health seminar for all health teachers in both primary and secondary schools”.
The Commissioner said the decision to reopen the schools was reached after a meeting with all stakeholders including the NUT, ANCOPS, NAPS and teachers at the Primary schools.
Onimago also announced that governor Ahmed has approved funds to secure safety at the various schools across the state with the purchase of infrared thermometers for testing Ebola, liquid soap as well as sanitizers while buckets with tap control will also be provided which would be used by the pupils in schools to wash their hands.
The Commissioner also announced that the state government would organise a two-day training programme for health teachers which will commence on Monday, next week at the local government headquarters.
He added that the training is being coordinated by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Permanent Secretary SUBEB as well as the Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Health, stressing that there is a synergy between his Ministry and the Ministry of Health.
Onimago explained further that schools in the state had not reopened because the government wanted to have things in place to ensure the safety of teachers and the pupils and in line with the directive of the National Headquarters of NUT in Abuja.