– Efforts by the federal government to stop the spread of coronavirus might suffer setbacks
– This followed the refusal of some public schools in Abuja to shun Covid protocols
– Meanwhile, some people have urged the government to postpone resumption
Some schools in Abuja, the nation’s capital, failed to comply with safety protocols as academic activities resume in the wake of a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
Our correspondent visited three schools on Monday morning, two of which are public schools in Kubwa, Bwari Area Council.
At the L.E.A Primary School Byazhin, teachers were seen with their masks on but only a few of the pupils came to school with theirs.
While an official was seen checking the temperature of the pupils with a digital thermometer as they arrive, the pupils were seen entering their various classes without washing their hands or having them sanitised.
Some of the pupils were also cleaning the premises ahead of classes on Monday.
At the L.E.A Primary School Gbazango, it was a similar situation.
Only two out of over 15 pupils, who went in as our correspondent observed them from the gate, wore a mask. Their hands were neither washed nor sanitised as they entered the school.
Recall that Legit.ng reported that the reopening of schools generated hiccups as the House of Representatives faulted the decision, citing a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Reacting to the January 18 directive in a statement, Julius Ihonvbere, chairman of the House committee on basic education, said the reopening will pose a threat to the fight against the second wave of COVID-19.
Ihonvbere said the legislative arm was not reached before the federal government arrived at the decision, adding that the resumption date be postponed by three months.
Legit.ng reported that Lagos state government re-affirmed its earlier directive that all schools in the state, both public and private (below tertiary level), should resume on Monday, January 18 for the second term 2020/2021 academic session.
Kayode Abayomi, the head of public affairs in the state’s Ministry of Education, said in a statement sighted by Legit.ng that the affirmation was made on Friday, January 15, by the commissioner for education, Folasade Adefisayo.
The commissioner noted that state government’s decision is in line with the federal government’s resolution after reaching a consensus with relevant stakeholders.
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