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FOLLOWING the directive of the Oyo State Governor Mr Seyi Makinde, on the full resumption of schools in the state on Monday, there was a large turn up of pupils in primary and secondary schools in the state .

  Schools complied with COVID-19 protocols as pupils resumed for 2020/2021 first term academic session after six months of school’s closure due to COVID-19 pandemic.

  Students of private and public schools were seen trooping into schools to resume after six months of staying at home.

  A good number of them complied with COVID-19 guidelines of wearing of  facemasks  and pupils who were without nose masks were not allowed to enter the schools premises..

   At some of the schools visited within Ibadan, it was observed that handwashing base, infrared thermometer was provided by schools, while a gathering was called by some school principals in order to orientate students on COVID-19 guidelines.

  At Oluyoro Girls Grammar School, it was observed that the poor arrangement for timely commencement of teaching and lack of space to accommodate some of the students infuriated the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Education, Mrs Aminat Atere who led the inspection team.

   The development according to principal of the school, Mrs Aarinola Alebiowu was due to hoodlums in the area who defecated in most of the classrooms.

   In an interview, the Permanent Secretary , Ministry of  Education, Science and Technology Mrs Aminat Atere who represented the Commissioner of Education said the new arrangement was meant to guarantee physical distancing.

  She enjoined the teachers to live up to responsibility in the new teaching guidelines.

   Principal, Yejide Girls Grammar School, Mrs Alabi Oyedoyin, noted that  preparations were made towards the resumption of pupils, while she added that two trained officers were appointed to be in charge of the students and staff by the gate with infrared thermometer machine.

   She added that to maintain social distancing in the classes, students were divided into two batches. According to her, classes will be held between 8:00 am -11: am for the junior students while for the senior students between 12:00-3:00 pm.

   Oyedoyin, also maintained that in order to maintain physical distancing places such as the school library or the school hall will be used for classes in order to reduce the population of students in the classes.

   Meanwhile Oyo State Government has warned headteachers of public primary schools in the state against non-compliance with COVID-19 safety guidelines, while it queried some schools who refused to comply with extant guidelines for resumption of schools in Oyo State.

  The Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran gave the warning  during a state-wide monitoring of schools in Ibadan.

  Recall that Oyo State Government trained 2,454 head-teachers on safe resumption of schools in Oyo State in the penultimate week.

  During the compliance monitoring, Dr. Nureni Adeniran, who led a team of management members from Standard and Quality     Assurance Department 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.

   At some schools, Dr. Adeniran noted that the compliance level was not encouraging, while the team did not meet teachers in others. Pupils did not comply with extant guidelines of social distancing and use of nose-masks.

    However, the team applauded the compliance level of some teachers and pupils to resumption guidelines.

Speaking with journalists after the inspection, Dr. Adeniran said,         “we want to ensure total commitment to safety in our schools. We cannot afford to endanger the lives of our pupils and staff members”.

   He also called on the head teachers of public primary schools to ensure full compliance with the guidelines.

  Dr. Adeniran said, “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.

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