By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Ahead of the planned September, 21 resumption date for schools, the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has trained 2,454 Head Teachers in the state on COVID-19 preventive measures.
Executive Chairman of Oyo SUBEB, Dr. Nureni Adeniran disclosed this while speaking on efforts by the board at ensuring smooth resumption of schools across the state.
Dr Adeniran stressed that the 2,454 Head Teachers were trained between Tuesday, September 8, and Thursday, September 10, 2020 across all education zones in Oyo state.
The SUBEB Executive Chairman emphasized that the training was line with the view of the World Health Organisation’s submission that COVID-19 might be with us for a while.
He maintained that the Board in collaboration with the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) have begun capacity building of all teachers at Primary school level as directed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
The SUBEB Executive Chairman said the ” training is complementing Oyo state government’s efforts in containing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic as the state government had earlier organized and funded training of school administrators on COVID-19 preventive measures for both Primary and Secondary school teachers.
Dr Adeniran noted that the state government’s zeal ” is to prepare Headteachers for a safe and hitch-free reopening of schools and learning facilities, while it takes into consideration the health, safety, environmental protection and security of learners, teachers, education personnel and families”.
He however commended Governor Seyi Makinde for his quality leadership and direction deployed into containing COVID-19 in Oyo state.
Dr Adeniran stressed that the quality leadership and direction by Governor Makinde has no doubt helped leaders at all levels in and across Nigeria to adapt and adopt sound policies and strategies so far used in fighting the pandemic in Oyo State.
The SUBEB Executive Chairman stressed further that Oyo State Government proactively aligned some of its policies and actions along with Federal Government, International Agencies, MDAs, so as to prevent the escalation of the disease within school environment and the entire populace.
Dr Adeniran noted that proactive steps of the Board, through its Learning-on-air programmes cushioned the devastating impact of COVID-19 otherwise known as SARS-COV-2 might have had on pupils and the Primary education sector.
The six major topics in the training, organised by Oyo State Emergency Operation Centre focused on managing schools and ensuring safety in the post-COVID lockdown; the concept and practice of social distancing and its implications; promoting personal, environmental hygiene and cough etiquette as safeguard against COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases.