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COVID-19: Oyo to close schools not complying with safety measures

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OYO State Government has said it would not hesitate to close down public or private schools found not complying with COVID-19 protocols.

  This is coming as schools in the state reopened for another term on Monday.

The state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Olasunkanmi Olaleye, stated this while featuring on a radio programme on Monday.

Mr Olaleye said the state government had empowered public secondary schools to get  infrared thermometers, establish washing hand points by releasing grants to them before the end of the last term.

This is as he added that schools had been encouraged to utilise structures like libraries, laboratories and halls as classrooms, especially for compulsory subjects, to effect social distancing.

He, however, assured that primary schools will also get their own grants as soon as the issue of transparency and accountability in last grants received is resolved.

Addressing fears on the reopening amid COVID-19 surge, the commissioner averred that the decision of the state government was informed by deep thinking and critical analysis of the situation.

He added that the state government terminated staggered classes for full resumption because it rather focused more on understanding and fighting COVID-19 rather than locking down and stalling the continuation of schooling.

Olaleye also asserted confidence in the management of schools to ensure safe resumption, adding that only vendors who attended a training organised by the state Ministry of Health are expected to be the ones in school selling food.

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