A number of faculties in Nigeria resumed on Tuesday to allow pupils to jot down the Senior College Certificates Examination, report KOFO BELO-OSAGIE, OGOCHUKWU ANIOKE, SIMON UTEBOR, MOSES EMORINKEN, NWANOSIKE ONU, CHRIS OJI, TOBA ADEDEJI, JUSTINA ASISHANA, TONY AKOWE, NSA GILL, ELO EDREMODA, JOEL DUKU, CHRIS NJOKU AND ERNEST NWOKOLO.
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on Tuesday launched the official schedule for the West African Senior College Certificates Examination (WASSCE) beginning August 17 and ending September 12.
The schedule’s launch coincided with the resumption of faculties throughout the nation.
A press release by WAEC’s Head of Public Affairs, Demianus Ojijeogu, warned candidates towards utilizing fallacious time tables in circulation.
The assertion reads: “The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Nigeria needs to tell its stakeholders-schools, mother and father and candidate-that the Ultimate Worldwide Timetable for the conduct of WASSCE for College Candidates, 2020 has been launched.
“The Council notes that a number of variations of the examination timetable have been in circulation and enjoins most people to ignore them as they didn’t emanate from it.
“The examination which has been slated to start on Monday, August 17, 2020, will finish on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The Council hereby urges the candidates to abide by the principles and laws guiding the conduct of the examination by shunning all acts of malpractice and obeying all Covid-19 protocols which were put in place on the examination centres.”
Ogun faculties adjust to COVID-19 protocols as college students resume
Personal and public secondary faculties in Ogun on Tuesday reopened for college kids within the exit class in compliance with the directive of the state authorities.
Varied faculties within the state had resorted to the net technique of educating to make sure that their college students continued to be taught.
The colleges had hand washing buckets and sanitisers at their entrances, corridors and different strategic factors within the premises.
Well being officers had been additionally on floor on the gates of the faculties to take the temperature of scholars, lecturers and guests earlier than permitting them into the premises.
The scholars, who wore face masks, additionally maintained social distancing within the sitting association.
The Principal of Gateway Secondary College at Ita-Iyalode, Adebayo Ojo, in an interview with NAN mentioned the college recorded about 90 per cent attendance on the primary day of resumption.
“Out of a complete variety of 148 college students in our SS3 lessons, no fewer than 97 of them representing about 90 per cent, resumed for lessons immediately,” he mentioned.
He gave an assurance that ample security measures had been supplied for the scholars inside the college premises.
“We’ve got prolonged the lessons by making use of those within the Junior Secondary College and this has enabled us to restrict the variety of college students in every class to 15 to allow us to watch social distancing of at the very least two metres.
“If the temperature of any of the scholars rises above the traditional, such scholar could be taken to the sickbay,” he mentioned.
The Proprietor of Paragon Secondary College on the Oke-Aregba space, Mr Lawrence Holumide, informed NAN that the college had organized common well being talks for the scholars along with different security measures that had been put in place.
Holumide, who’s the Nationwide President of the Nationwide Affiliation of Proprietors of Personal Faculties (NAPPS), added that the college had decreased the variety of college students in every of the rooms in its hostels from eight to 4 in observance of social distancing.
On the Gateway Senior Secondary College at Ita-Iyalode, cleaning soap and buckets crammed with water for handwashing in addition to hand sanitizers had been additionally stationed on the college entrance.
A instructor with an infrared thermometer was measuring the pupils’ temperature earlier than permitting them into the college compound.
The Principal of Gateway Senior Secondary College, Mr. Adedayo Afolabi, mentioned the college had arrange a typical sickbay with certified nurses to take care of anybody, scholar or instructor who displayed suspicious signs.
Adedayo mentioned that college students had been distributed in batches of 15 to every of the lecture rooms, whereas buckets of water, cleaning soap and sanitisers had been additionally positioned at accessible areas on the gate and corridors to permit for seamless hand washing.
“As at this morning as you possibly can see, 97 out of 110 college students, representing 90 per cent of the anticipated whole college students registered for the WAEC/SSC examination turned up and registered for the resumption immediately. This was made attainable due to the unbroken channel of communication established instantly the pandemic broke out.
“Peradventure, any scholar’s physique temperature shoots above the advisable gauge, such might be referred to the well being officers at our sickbay the place we even have an isolation centre inside the college right here. And if want be, the Nationwide Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) officers might be notified for applicable motion is such is suspected to be of COVID-19,” he mentioned.
Public faculties open in Ebonyi, non-public faculties stay shut
Public faculties in Ebonyi State resumed on Tuesday. Personal faculties had been, nonetheless, closed.
A press release by the Commissioner for Schooling, Onyebuchi Chima yesterday morning, additionally directed the faculties to open.
“I’ve the directives of the Governor of Ebonyi State, David Nweze Umahi to tell all mother and father, lecturers, and college students that with impact from immediately the 4th day of August 2020, JS3 and SS3 exit lessons solely resumes in Ebonyi State,” he mentioned.
The Principal of one of many non-public faculties mentioned they didn’t get any directive from the state authorities to renew faculties immediately.
“The lecturers and college students solely got here as a result of they heard the federal authorities’s announcement that faculties ought to resume immediately.
“We learnt the governor might be assembly with stakeholders immediately to debate the difficulty after which they may talk us on when to start out,” he mentioned.
The Chairman of Nationwide Affiliation of Proprietors of Personal Faculties (NAPPS), Elder Kingsley Igboke, mentioned non-public faculties didn’t open as a result of the state authorities had not given them the go-ahead.
“We’ve got not opened as a result of we’re ready for presidency directives. Tye Commissioner for Schooling informed me final night time that there might be a briefing by the federal government earlier than the faculties re-opens,” Igboke mentioned.
Bayelsa faculties prepared, secure to reopen, says Diri
Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri on Tuesday mentioned the state has put security measures in place to examine the unfold of the Covid-19 preparatory to resumption of ultimate yr college students immediately.
Diri spoke on Tuesday in Yenagoa, the state capital, on the ‘Secure College Reopening Practice-the-Trainers’ programme.
He mentioned the federal government had supplied 10,000 face masks, temperature scanners, cleaning soap and water for all private and non-private faculties within the state.
The governor inaugurated a 10-member Secure Faculties Reopening Committee headed by his Deputy Chief of Employees, Peter Akpe, to observe the implementation of the COVID-19 security protocols throughout the state.
Diri urged the committee to observe and guarantee compliance with the protection protocols to ensure the state preserve its lowest an infection fee of 339 among the many comity of neighbouring states within the area.
Faculties adjust to resumption tips in FCT
Faculties within the Nyanya, Jikwoyi and Kurudu precincts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Tuesday complied with the Federal Authorities tips on the secure reopening of faculties for exiting lessons.
College students and lecturers alike had been seen sporting both solely the face masks or a mixture of the face masks with a face protect.
Additionally, faculties had handwashing equipment outdoors the college and enforced hand washing earlier than college students had been allowed into the college premises.
A number of faculties, along with college students and lecturers washing their palms and sporting face masks, additionally launched a twig disinfectant as folks got here into the lessons.
College students resume in Anambra
Secondary college college students in Anambra State resumed on Tuesday.
College students had been seen discussing in teams in a number of the faculties visited.
The Commissioner for Primary Schooling, Prof Kate Omenugha, mentioned the faculties could be carefully monitored by a activity pressure.
A instructor, Mrs Grace Enemuo, informed our reporter that they had been ready for lectures because the examinations would begin August 17.
She mentioned what they’d do was revision for the scholars to arrange them adequately for the exams, including that COVID -19 was a killjoy.
College students in exit lessons in public secondary faculties in Nsukka, Enugu State had been but to renew lessons as solely lecturers had been current in faculties visited.
Among the secondary faculties visited by NAN included City Ladies Secondary College, Nsukka, City Boys Secondary College Nsukka, St Catherine Complete Secondary College and Ejiofor Secondary College.
At Ejiofor Secondary College, Nsukka, a personal college, the Principal Mr Casmir Ozioko, mentioned college students of the college would resume August 10 as workers of the college would use this week to place all needed preparations in place.
“Solely lecturers resume immediately, we’ll use this week to fumigate the compound, clear grasses in addition to put all Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) required protocols in place earlier than permitting exit class college students to come back again subsequent week,” he mentioned.
Nonetheless, the story was totally different at St Catherine Complete Secondary College Nsukka owned by Nsukka Catholic Diocese the place college students have resumed.
In different elements of the state, college students and lecturers have resumed.
Fumigation in Osun forward partial re-opening
Forward of faculty reopening and line with the directive of the Federal Authorities on the partial re-opening of faculties, the Osun State authorities will start the fumigation of 188 registered private and non-private faculties within the State.
When the Nation visited some faculties within the Osogbo and Okini, there have been no actions. Among the many faculties visited are Okini Grammar College, Fakunle Unity Center and Excessive College, Baptist Ladies Excessive College, Odi-Olowo, St. James Center College, Ayetoro, Adenle Center College, Ataoja Excessive College and Osogbo Grammar College.
Niger faculties might resume August 10
There are indications that faculties in Niger State might not re-open till August 10. Private and non-private faculties in Chanchaga, Bosso and Wushishi have been fumigated whereas faculties in different native authorities areas might be finished earlier than the tip of the week, a supply from the Niger State Environmental Safety Company (NSEPA) disclosed to The Nation.
“Even when the Committee has submitted its report, the Commissioner should meet and temporary the governor earlier than taking any determination,” a supply mentioned.
Faculties in Cross River implement Covid-19 tips
Secondary faculties in Cross River State on Tuesday resumed in step with the directive of the Federal Authorities.
College students, who’ve been ready to sit down for the West African Secondary College Examinations (WASSE) and the Primary Schooling Certificates Examination (BECE) reported to colleges sporting their uniforms, whereas others had been clad in mufti.
In all the faculties visited, the varied managements had taken the mandatory steps to implement the prevention tips on COVID-19 pandemic by making certain the supply of operating water with a wash hand basin by the college entrance. They had been additionally college officers with thermometer models to take the temperature of each baby coming to the college.
Low turnout in Delta
Faculties reopened in Delta State, however there was a low turnout of scholars.
Exiting college students on the School of Commerce, Warri, needed to embark on rigorous cleansing of the eight school rooms earmarked for the examinations.
This, based on a scholar, Elohor Orhiunu, “took a lot of the morning’s actions. We had been requested to scrub our palms on the gate and our temperatures had been checked earlier than going into the lecture rooms. We had been requested to scrub the lecture rooms”.
One other scholar, Martha Ogbu mentioned, “I resumed at 9 am. We washed the lecture rooms with cleaning soap and water and the desks too. You may see the towels there”.
The media aide to the Commissioner for Primary and Secondary Schooling, Mr Samuel Ijeh, informed Nation through phone that “they despatched cash to the principals to do the disinfection and to purchase tanks, a few of them to even purchase turbines to energy the techniques in faculties which have boreholes. They despatched the principals cash to do all these clearings and fumigations.”
Borno/Yobe set date for resumption
The governments of Borno and Yobe states have fumigated faculties forward of resumption.
Borno State Schooling Commissioner Bello Ayuba mentioned all boarding faculties in Borno would resume on Sunday and educational actions would start on August 10.
Ayuba additionally disclosed that the state has launched into one-week fumigation and clearing of bushes throughout the faculties.
Yobe State Commissioner for Primary and Secondary Schooling Dr Mohamed Sani Idris mentioned the state authorities was placing ending touches earlier than the resumption of faculties within the state.
Dr Sani mentioned: “We wish to guarantee a secure setting for our youngsters and the lecturers earlier than they resume. His Excellency our Governor, Mai mala Buni has directed that we should abide by the directives of the Federal authorities. We’ll quickly open the faculties after all of the needful are finished nevertheless it received’t take time in any respect.”
The Yobe State Main Well being Administration Board donated 100 contactless hand-washing machines to be distributed to colleges throughout the state forward of the resumption.
The Government Secretary of the Board, Dr Kundi Machine who offered the machines to the Commissioner of Primary and Secondary Schooling mentioned the machines would assist examine the unfold of the virus throughout the faculties.
Low turnout in Imo faculties
A number of private and non-private faculties resumed on Tuesday in Imo State with out ample Covid-19 protocols.
In some public faculties, other than grappling with dilapidated buildings and overgrown grasses, the authorities solely supplied few buckets of water with out hand sanitiser.
On the Nekede Secondary College in Owerri West, few college students had been seen milling across the premises with out facemasks.
On the Complete Excessive College, Owerri, the scholars had been scanty within the class whereas a few of their lecturers mentioned underneath a tree within the college premises.
The principal, Nelson Oparaugo, mentioned the low turnout was on account of ignorance however believed that actions would choose up later within the week.
Nonetheless, the scenario was totally different at The Bethel Seminary College, Umudibia as the scholars who resumed college had been screened on the gate with the thermometer.
The Rector, Okechukwu Amadi, mentioned: “We’ve got complied with the supply of medical amenities just like the thermometers, disinfectants and sanitisers positioned on the gate. We additionally paid N800,000 to fumigate the entire compound in anticipation for resumption.”