- The Lagos state government is not resting on its oars after it reopened secondary schools for transitional students
- The government said it has provided hand basin, running water and sanitisers
- The Ministry of Education in the state also said there are digital thermometers to check the temperatures of students
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Following the directive for the reopening of schools, the Lagos state government has put in place some safety measures for secondary students who will be writing the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCCE).
The Ministry of Education in Lagos informed journalists on Monday, August 3, that hand basins, running water, santisers, thermometer have been made available to prevent and curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Added to this, safety protocols like social distancing and the compulsory wearing of face masks are being strictly observed, Channels TV reports.
Abosede Adelaja, the permanent secretary of the ministry, disclosed an emergency room has been set aside for students or teachers who have known symptoms of the virus.
Adelaja also revealed that teachers have also been trained on how to handle such cases when the need arises.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that following the increasing cases of coronavirus in the country, the federal government had warned the state governments against the reopening of schools because of pressure from the children and parents.
The minister of state for education, Chukwuemaka Nwajiuba, who spoke on Monday, June 22, while reacting to questions at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, also said the Federal Ministry of Education did not give Oyo state any guidance to reopen schools.
Legit.ng gathered that Nwajiuba said he was particularly concerned about the spike in the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Oyo state, saying it was Ogun state under lockdown that was actually the concern of the government.
He, however, announced that the final year students preparing for the West African Examination Council (WAEC)’s Senior Senior Secondary School Examination (SSCE), National Examination Council (NECO) and National Business and Technical Education Board (NABTEB) examinations would soon be allowed to resume for revisions.
He appealed to parents and other stakeholders to continue to bear with the government while the situation was being monitored so as to guarantee the safety of children when the schools are eventually reopened.
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