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Schools resumption: Onitsha North stakeholders hail Anambra govt

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RESUMPTION of schools at Onitsha North Local Government Area has been greeted with excitement as teachers, students, pupils and their parents commend the government’s decision to reopen. 

  The schools were shut down in March following COVID-19 pandemic that compelled governments across most parts of the world to shut down as part of measures to curtail spread of disease. 

Information officers, who went round the locality, gathered the reactions of some school authorities, scholars and parents. 

At Holy Cross Primary School, Onitsha, it was observed that all the pupils wore white face masks. 

On the use of white face masks, the headmistress, Mrs Ifeoma Ahirigwo said that it was to enable the pupils to know when their face masks became dirty so as to always keep them clean. 

The Headmistress, Ezechima Primary School, Onitsha, Mrs Augustina Onwuli expressed satisfaction at the turnout of pupils . 

The Principal, Ado Girls Secondary School, Onitsha, Mrs Tina Agudosi said the school had two functional infrared thermometers in place to check the students before they entered the school premises. 

A Senior Secondary School (SSS) 2 student of the school, Miss Nmesoma Nwike said it was better returning to school to learn instead of radio teaching programmes. 

“My parents cannot afford to purchase a mobile phone for me to use for online learning; there is no steady power supply to charge our radio at home. And so, there is no means of learning via radio or smart phones.” 

Principal, Metropolitan College, Onitsha, Mrs Ifeoma Osilo said the school had water basins stationed at strategic places to ensure regular washing of hands for the teachers, students and visitors. 

A parent, Mrs Anthonia Ngbaji lamented that paying the school fees at this period would be difficult. 

“I know that it will be difficult for us to pay the third term 2019/2020 and first term 2020/2021 school fees; I believe God will provide.” 

Another parent, Mr John Chikelu pleaded with school authorities to always comply with government directives in preventing coronavirus pandemic and for the safety of the children.

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