Many schools in Kaduna have resumed academic activities in full compliance with the state’s directive on COVID-19 guidelines
It was reported that thermometers were used to test the temperature of students and visitors at the gates before allowed entry into the schools premises.
The Kaduna State Government had directed students to resume on Aug. 10 to prepare for West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WAEC) which would begin on Aug. 17 and other examinations respectively.
At St. Michael Anglican College, Bidda road, Kaduna, the school put in place necessary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as students and teachers resume classes.
From the gate, students, parents and visitors’ temperature were checked by the security officers with infrared thermometers, asked to put on their face masks and use hand sanitizers before entering the school premises.
Also at Government Girls Secondary School Maimuna Gwarzo, Unguwan Sunusi, it was observed that COVID-19 protocols were adhered to.
The Principal of the school, Malama Hassana Usman said the Kaduna Government gave schools in the state four hours to operate.
She also said that the turn out of their students was encouraging as 15 classes were enmarked for 285 students who would sit for the forthcoming WAEC examinations.
“We divided the number of students by the 15 classes which equals 19 students per class and under strict observation of the COVID-19 protocols,” she said.
At Government College, Kurmin Mashi, Kaduna, there was low turn out of students, but those around had face masks, and the school had provided water taps, hand-washing soap and sanitisers.
The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, had during the PTF briefing in Abuja said the education sector was critical for the development of children and the nation.
“Reopening the sector is also a source of concern based on the fact that the schools’ system remains a veritable ground for increasing community transmission if appropriate protocols are not put in place and more importantly, adhered to.
“In this regard, the PTF wishes to implore stakeholders to ensure that the agreed protocols are put in place and measures strictly adhered to,” .