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Published On: Wed, Aug 12th, 2020

Kaduna schools uphold COVID-19 guidelines as students resume

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Many schools in Kaduna have resumed academic activities in full compliance with the state’s directive on COVID-19 guidelines.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) visit to some of the schools in Kaduna, showed that there were provisions for hand-washing facilities, observance of social distancing and wearing of face masks.
NAN also reports that thermometers were used to test the temperature of students and visitors at the gates before allowed entry into the schools premises.
The Kaduna State Government had directed students to resume on Aug. 10 to prepare for West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WAEC) which would begin on Aug. 17 and other examinations respectively.
At St. Michael Anglican College, Bidda road, Kaduna, the school had put in place necessary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as students and teachers resume classes.
From the gate, students, parents and visitors’ temperature were checked by the security officers with infrared thermometers, asked to put on their face masks and use hand sanitizers before entering the school premises.
The security officer at the school told NAN that the schools had also been decontaminated prior to the students’ resumption.
“We have water and wash hand basins at the entrance of the school and classrooms for people to wash their hands,” he said.
The school principal, Mrs Femi Elijah, said the school had long been preparing ahead for the resumption in order to avoid issues.
Also, speaking, a senior class student, Master Favour Akinpelu, a WAEC candidate, told NAN that he was happy to resume ahead of the examinations.
“We thought it will reach 2021 before reopening of schools, we are glad to be back at least we will refresh out memories and have the opportunity to discuss and revise in group,” he said.
At 2nd ECWA nursery, primary and secondary school, Taiwo road, Kaduna, wash basins were installed at the entrance of the school, with soap and sanitisers at the entrance of each class.
Already, the students have commenced mock examinations in preparation for the main WAEC examinations beginning Aug.17, and were seated in compliance to COVID-19 protocols.
The Vice Principal of the school, Ms Farombi Yetunde, said the school was fumigated in preparation for the students resumption.
NAN also observed that the school cleaners had tidied up the environment and an official was at the entrance ensuring that everyone used face mask and adhere to the hand-washing protocol.
At Government Girls Secondary School Maimuna Gwarzo, Unguwan Sunusi, it was observed that COVID-19 protocols were adhered to.
The Principal of the school, Malama Hassana Usman said the Kaduna Government gave schools in the state four hours to operate.
She also said that the turn out of their students was encouraging as 15 classes were enmarked for 285 students who would sit for the forthcoming WAEC examinations.
“We divided the number of students by the 15 classes which equals 19 students per class and under strict observation of the COVID-19 protocols,” she said.(NAN)

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