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Lagos, Ogun Schools Adhere To Safety Guidelines As Exit Classes Resume

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By Aremu Sosanya

Public and private schools on Monday adhered to COVID-19 safety guidelines as exit classes resumed ahead of the scheduled August 19 West African Senior Secondary School Examination, WASSCE.

The Federal Government had last Monday directed schools to reopen for the Junior Secondary School 3 and Senior Secondary School 3 students.

Salient Times report that in Lagos and Ogun states there were high level of compliance with safety guidelines announced by the Federal Government in accordance with preventive measures advised by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.

At Ifako Ijaiye Senior Comprehensive High School, Ifako Ijaiye, returning students without face masks were not allowed into the school compound while a hand washing stand was stationed at the entrance of the school. The students then had to proceed to the next stand to check their temperatures before entering their classes.

The students were also divided into different classes as they observed social distancing.

Similarly, Caros International School, Ibafo, Ogun State had a wash basin and hand sanitiser at the main entrance of the very spacious school.

The students and members of staff could also be seen wearing face masks, while some wore face shields.

Each class had between 31 and 35 students pre-COVID-19. However, in compliance with the COVID-19 guideline for resumption of schools, classes had been decongested to maintain social distancing among the students.

In a chat, an SS3 student of the school, Adunbarin Awe said that the school management was really strict with the students, “especially the unruly ones who didn’t bring face masks.”

“Some students were turned back at the entrance and their parents were called on the phone to ask them. Some had it in their bags but refused to wear them. Our proprietress has ordered teachers to flog any student caught without a mask,” he said.

When our correspondent visited the Lagos African Church Grammar School, Ifako, the school had all safety measures in place.

In some of the schools monitored in Abeokuta metropolis, the state capital, it was  observed that necessary physical safety equipments meant for flattening the COVID-19 pandemic were made available in each of the schools visited, while the nonphysical services were also put in places to combat any emergency situation.

At one of the public schools in Abeokuta metropolis; the Gateway Senior Secondary School located at Ita - Iyalode, our correspondent observed that soap and buckets filled with water for hand washing as well as hand sanitizers were stationed at the entrance gate where one of the teachers with an infrared thermometer was also screening all entrants into the school compound.

Again, both teachers and students observed social distancing rule at classroom assemblies as well as in sitting for the lesson arrangements, while students and teachers also wore a uniformed facemasks provided by the state government.

Speaking with journalists, Principal of Gateway Senior Secondary School, Mr. St-John Adedayo Afolabi said his school has put in place, a standard sick bay with qualified nurses to attend to anyone, student or teacher who would displayed signs of COVID-19.

St-John further explained that students were distributed in batches of 15 to each of the classrooms, while buckets of water, soap and sanitizers were also placed strategically at the gate and at each of the corridors to enable all have access to hand washing, while some of the teachers were also provided with the infrared thermometers to screen every entrants.

"As at this morning as you can see, 97 out of 110 students, representing 90 per cent of the expected total students registered for the WAEC/SSC examination turned up and registered for the resumption today. This was made possible because of the unbroken channel of  communication established immediately the pandemic broke out".

"If per adventure, any student's body temperature shoots above the recommended gauge, such will be referred to the health officials at our sick bay where we also have an isolation center within the school here. And if need be, the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) officials will be notified for appropriate action is such is suspected to be of COVID-19"

Also speaking with journalists, Principal of one of the public schools which runs a boarding facility; African Church Grammar School (AFROGRAMS), Ita - Eko, in Abeokuta North Local Government, Adetunji Elegbede said his school recorded 80 per cent attendance of returning students, while the COVID-19 Test Certificate as condition for admitting students into the hostel accommodation has been temporarily abandoned.

Elegbede explained that in compliance with the government's directive, the school did not insist on the provision of COVID-19 negative test certificate before admitting boarding students into the hostels.

He, however, assured that adequate arrangements were in place  to monitor both the day and the boarding students to  ensure that they complied with the COVID -19 protocols.

The principal explained that the task of monitoring the students in the hostels would be much easier since it was only SS3 students that were around.

Elegbede, who could not give the specific number of students who resumed on Tuesday said " about eighty per cent of the 481 student's in our SS3 classes resumed today".

At one of the private schools monitored, the Proprietor of the Paragon Secondary school located at Oke-Aregba area of Abeokuta metropolis, Mr Lawrence Holumidey, who is the National President of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools(NAPPS) told journalists that the school had reduced the number of students in each of the rooms in its hostels from eight to four for the observance of social distancing.

He commended Gov Abiodun for cancelling the order on the provision of COVID-19 negative test certificate as a mandatory requirement for admitting boarding students into the hostels.

Also speaking with journalists, one of the parents, whose two sons attend a private school in Abeokuta metropolis, Dr. Yemisi Adeniji said she has visited the hostel facility of her son at TAIDOB College and discovered that the management has reduced the number of occupants from eight (8) to four (4).

Adeniji, a lecturer at the Federal College of Education (FCE), Osiele, Abeokuta also told journalists that parents of students in private schools in the state had at a virtual meeting, resolved to go against the mandatory COVID-19 test ordered by the state government before the intervention of the state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun.

"Boarding students in the private schools had earlier been asked to pay N25, 000 for the test and we considered such amount too high. We, however, thank the governor for reversing such directive to enable all the students to resume".