Children are safer with us in school than in many homes -Oyo govt


By Emmanuel Olorunsola

Oyo State government has declared that the children, who resumed school on Monday, are safer with the government than in many homes.

The state government made this known as it made known measures that had been put in place to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in schools in its state.

The state government made it a compulsion for each pupil to come to school wearing face-mask and the school should make provision of sanitiser at the entrance of each class.

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Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology,  Olasunkanmi Olaleye, while responding to questions from reporters in his office in Ibadan, said various trainings had been given to the school heads, principals and teachers on how to monitor and report any sign of illness that showed symptoms of Covid-19.

He said, “Throughout last week, what we have been doing was to train school heads and teachers of public and private schools, preparing them for this task of taking firm control of preventing the spread of Covid-19 in our schools as we resume.

“Each school has been mandated to strictly enforce social distancing and observe other protocols against Covid-19 among teachers and students as laid down by NCDC.

“Students are to come to school with their facemasks and follow instructions on the guidelines from the management, these are imperative. The government cannot lock down forever and education is an aspect of life that should not be allowed to suffer backwardness.

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“I can boldly tell you that with these measures in place, the children are more safer with us in school than even many homes; imagine situations whereby students are asked to go to private lessons that provided no safety measure. Many follow their parents to markets and workplaces where the possibility of contracting the virus is high. So, they are rather better kept at school than home,” Olaleye added.

According to him, the state has set up Emergency Operation Centres (EOCs) in the capital and at zonal levels and as well as appointed Incident Managers for each school, who will report any emergency directly to the EOCs through special communication lines.

Olaleye stated that each class would have a warder, whose obligation is to relate with the Incident Managers on his or her observations.

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Among the measures put in place is the compulsory hand-washing points at the school entrances and at the entrance of each classroom as well as an alcohol-based sanitiser for the use of students and teachers.