By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Government on Monday warned Headteachers of public primary schools in the state against non-compliance with COVID-19 safety guidelines as public and private primary and secondary schools in the state resumed academic activities.
The students and pupils were seen heading for their various schools as early as 7am amidst jubilation having stayed at home for six months.
Dressed with facemasks and armed with various types of hand sanitizers, the students were briefed on arrival at their schools on strict compliance with the COVID-19 protocols as directed by the state government.
Some of the students arrived the schools with their parents with the parents sighted finding out the level of preparedness by the schools.
Most of the schools visited complied with the COVID-19 protocols laid down by the Oyo state government as Buckets of water and soap for hand washing as well as hand sanitizers were sighted placed at the entrances to the schools.
However, despite the two shift system introduced by the state government, the schools especially the privately owned ones complied with the laid down distancing and spacing part of the COVID-19 protocols in the state .
Oyo State Chairman of the Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) , Dr Nureni Adeniran while monitoring the resumption warned Headteachers of Public primary schools in the state against non-compliance with COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Dr Adeniran during the monitoring queried some schools for failing to comply with extant guidelines for the resumption of schools in the state.
Speaking during the monitoring exercise, the Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran who led a team of management members from Standard and Quality Assurance Department of Oyo SUBEB frowned at the poor compliance of teachers and pupils in some schools, as some of them were seen without facemasks and flouting social distancing instructions.
Dr Adeniran stressed that the compliance level was not encouraging with the team not meeting some teachers on duty while Pupils did not comply with extant guidelines of social distancing and use of nose-masks.
Applauding some teachers for the compliance level of some teachers and pupils to resumption guidelines, .Dr. Adeniran said, “we want to ensure total commitment to safety in our schools. We can not afford to endanger the lives of our pupils and staff members”.
“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.
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.ENDS.