COVID-19: Gov Sule approves reopening of schools in Nasarawa
From Esther Akaa, Lafia
Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa has approved the re-opening of all schools in the state, with effect from Monday, 18 January, 2020.
The Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, Hajiya Fatu Sabo disclosed this in a statement issued on Friday in Lafia.
According to the statement, the decision to re-open schools was done after due consultation with relevant stakeholders and the federal government.
It revealed that the ministry had put machinery on ground to ensure maximum compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols, especially in public schools.
The statement added that proprietors of private schools were also directed to put safety measures in place and the government would setup machinery to ensure compliance.
It urged all returning students to undergo temperature checks and other protocols, as with failure to do so, students would not be allowed into their school premises.
The statement therefore, called on parents to provide face masks for their children, as those without it would not be allowed into their respective schools.
“Officials from the ministry will embark on monitoring visits to ensure adherence to the protocols,” she stated.
”What we are mostly concerned with, is firstly, the safety of the students and staff.
”The schools were fumigated, safety equipments such as hand sanitisers, face masks were provided.
”We would also ensure physical distancing and regular hand washing,” the statement stated.
It therefore, directed principals, head teachers and the management of various schools in the state to commence academic activities without delay.