Ondo schools ignore protocols | The Nation News Nigeria

By Osagie Otabor, Akure


Schools in Ondo State resumed academic activities yesterday, despite the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.

Many of the schools visited in Akure, the state capital, partially observed COVID-19 protocols.

Pupils and teachers were seen entering some schools without using the water placed at the entrance gates to wash their hands.

Some teachers stopped pupils without nose masks, while other schools allowed teachers and pupils without nose masks into their premises.

At Oyemekun Grammar School in Akure, the school provided buckets of water, soap and sanitisers at the gate, but teachers, parents and pupils did not use them.

There was also partial compliance at St. Louis Grammar School and Fiwasaye Girls’ Grammar School, both in Akure.

Teachers and pupils did not comply with COVID-19 protocols at Eji-Oba High School at Oba-Ile in Akure North Local Government Area.

There was no provision of water, soap and sanitisers at the school gate and many teachers and pupils did not wear nose masks.

Head teacher of Oyemekun Grammar School, Mr. Ogunleye Okeowo, said many pupils who flouted COVID-19 guidelines were sent back to their homes.

He said: “We have to abide by the rules of COVID-19 protocols. It’s real and we must not joke with it. Maybe because of ignorance, some people don’t even believe in it. It’s real, and that is why you see buckets of water as well as soap and sanitisers on the premises of the schools.

“As for pupils who removed their face masks on the school premises, we are going to deal with them. These boys, after coming in, removed their masks and keep them in their pockets.

“We’ve been telling them since last term that they have to come with their face masks. If we see any of them without face mask, we’ll have to send them back home.”

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Akin Asaniyan, blamed parents for non-adherence to safety protocols.

He said: “This disease is real and it’s killing. But from what we’ve seen, the parents, especially, are not taking it serious. Most of them allow their children to resume without face masks and some basic things. Why take such a risk? For the teachers, who are parents too, they should do what is expected of them as parents.

“Where we don’t meet the required standard, we won’t allow such schools to operate, until the situation is rectified.

“Today is the first day of resumption; we will still brainstorm on what to do on the issue of clustering among the pupils. There will be a way out. That I can assure. We are not going to take any risk.”



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