Pri­vate schools await com­pli­ance clear­ance as govern­ment re­leases guide­lines on school re­open­ing

Business Day (Nigeria) - - EDUCATION - MARK MAYAH

As the grad­ual re­sump­tion of schools is ex­pected to com­mence this week, with stu­dents pre­par­ing to write the West Africa Ex­am­i­na­tion Coun­cil ( WASSCE), pri­vate schools are to wait for com­pli­ance clear­ance from the of­fice of Ed­u­ca­tion Qual­ify As­sur­ance, in line with var­i­ous safety guide­lines to be fol­lowed with the COVID-19 pro­to­col.

Speak­ing at a press brief­ing last week­end, di­rec­tor gen­eral, Of­fice of Ed­u­ca­tion Qual­ity As­sur­ance, Abi­ola Seriki-ayeni, said the govern­ment will en­sure com­pli­ance with the guide­lines to safe­guard learn­ers, teach­ers, work­ers and par­ents dur­ing this try­ing time.

To re­alise this ob­jec­tive, the OEQA’S eval­u­a­tors will be vis­it­ing schools across the state’s six ed­u­ca­tion dis­tricts to en­sure com­pli­ance.

Some of the guide­lines as enu­mer­ated by the di­rec­tor gen­eral, in­cludes, thor­ough fu­mi­ga­tion of all schools’ en­vi­ron­ment in­clud­ing class­rooms, chairs and desks, pro­vi­sion of run­ning wa­ter and wash­ing hand soap, pro­vi­sion of hand san­i­tizer,and wear­ing of nose masks.

Oth­ers are avoid­ing close con­tact with any­one show­ing symp­toms of res­pi­ra­tory ill­ness and main­tain­ing so­cial dis­tance and one meter phys­i­cal dis­tanc­ing in sit­ting ar­range­ment.

Seriki-ayeni re­it­er­ated that SS3 stu­dents are go­ing back to school for the pur­pose of re­vi­sion to­wards their ex­am­i­na­tions,which come up on Au­gust 17th, 2020.

“We is­sued these guide­lines to­wards readi­ness for the re­open­ing of schools. Presently, school re­sump­tion is lim­ited to SS3 stu­dents, as they pre­pare for fi­nal ex­am­i­na­tions,” she said.

Seriki-ayeni how­ever dis­closed that dur­ing the re­open­ing ex­er­cise, of­fi­cers from her of­fice would be go­ing round to is­sue com­pli­ance clear­ance to schools base on com­pli­ance level to the guide­lines for re­open­ing of schools.

She said: “It is of im­mense im­por­tance that the of­fice mon­i­tors strict ad­her­ence to the pro­to­col to pre­vent in­fec­tion and the spread of COVID-19 among the stu­dents.”

Since the clo­sure of schools in March, 2020 as a re­sult of the pan­demic, the di­rec­tor gen­eral re­called that the of­fice of EQA has em­barked on mas­sive sen­si­ti­za­tion to en­sure pub­lic and pri­vate schools ad­here strictly to the di­rec­tive of the La­gos state govern­ment with re­gards to clos­ing down of schools.

Ac­cord­ing to her, in the on-go­ing mon­i­tor­ing ex­er­cise, the of­fice suc­cess­fully vis­ited 121 schools across the six ed­u­ca­tion dis­tricts in the state and sealed no fewer than 18 pri­vate schools that de­fied the clo­sure di­rec­tive of Gov­er­nor Baba­jide Olu­sola Sanwo-olu.

Abi­ola Seriki-ayeni, di­rec­tor gen­eral, Of­fice of Ed­u­ca­tion Qual­ity As­sur­ance

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