By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Government has released guidelines for the partial reopening of schools to students in exit classes, in line with the unanimous decision reached at a virtual consultative meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education, Honourable Commissioners of Education of the 36 States, the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), the Proprietors of Private Schools and Chief Executives of examination bodies.
The State Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, in a statement made available to newsmen after the virtual State Executive Council meeting, held on Monday, said teachers in the State are to resume on Tuesday, August 4, while students are to resume on Thursday, August 6.
The West Africa School Certificate Examinations are expected to commence on August 17.
The commissioner, while outlining the details of the partial reopening, said a total of 188 schools consisting 13,177 students, will reopen under this arrangement.
Highlighting the protocols expected for successful management of the process, Egbemode said: “Parents are expected to provide face masks/nose covers for their children or wards, while Principals and Proprietors of Schools are expected to ensure a tidy environment with desks arranged at least two meters apart. This social distancing shall be ensured by Class Wardens.
“The Ministry of Education shall provide buckets, soap, hand sanitizers, thermometer and also fumigate all schools. The Ministry of Health shall also provide Vitamin C tablets for students. NCDC or the Ministry of Health should be alerted in case of any sign of infection in any of the schools”, she stated.