Makinde Adjusts School Resumption Arrangements
The Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force has modified the resumption date for Primary six, Junior Secondary School (JSS) 3 and Senior Secondary School (SSS) 3 students in the state.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Taiwo Adisa, said the Task Force, which rose from a two-and-a-half-hour meeting on Tuesday, reviewed the state of preparedness of the schools ahead of the planned resumption.
According to the statement, the Commissioner for Education, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye and experts from the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) had been going round the schools to determine compliance with the COVID-19 prevention protocols put in place by the schools.
They discovered that space of one week was needed to enable the schools test-run the facilities, especially the handwashing points and security measures.
With the new arrangement, Teachers are to resume to the schools on Monday, June 29, 2020, while students in critical classes including Primary 6, JSS3 and SS3 will resume a week later on July 6, 2020.
It was gathered that as at Monday, 22nd, 2020, no fewer than 372 Heads of Schools have been trained by the Emergency Operation Centre on the COVID-19 containment procedures, while each of the schools is to appoint an Incident Manager, who will ensure compliance with the approved COVID-19 protocol.
The statement further stated that the community testing embarked upon by the state government has ensured that close to 8,000 tests are conducted on residents.
The exercise is currently going on in 10 locations, across the state, while testing would be regularly conducted from the secondary health centres located in the seven administrative zones of the state after the ongoing massive community testing exercise.
The Task Force urged residents of the state to remain calm and continue to observe the COVID-19 precautionary guidelines, adding that the rising number of positive cases recorded in the state was due to the ongoing massive community testing.