Dr Onyebuchi Chima, Ebonyi Commissioner for Education
Dr Onyebuchi Chima, Ebonyi Commissioner for Education on Tuesday in Abakaliki confirmed resumption of schools in the state for students in exit classes.
Chima who confirmed the reopening in an interview with Summitnews Correspondent in Abakaliki said that the state governor, Chief Dave Umahi approved the Ebonyi schools resumption in line with the Federal Government’s directive.
The confirmation laid to rest speculations that schools would resume in Ebonyi Monday, August 10 for students in exit classes contrary to FG’s directive.
According to him, only students who are in Junior secondary three and their counterparts in Senior Secondary three were resuming to write the Basic Education Certificate and Senior School Certificate Examinations respectively.
Chima said that fumigation of private and public secondary schools in the state has started and was still ongoing to ensure that schools were made safe for the returning students, teachers and other staff.
He added that government has put in place necessary strategies to ensure full compliance with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) protocol on COVID-19.
“Schools have resumed in Ebonyi today, before now Ministry of Education has been working not just within itself but with other Ministries, Departments and Agencies to ensure that schools resuming comply with all necessary NCDC COVID – 19 protocol.
“We are working to ensure that we do not only talk about distancing and to cover our mouths but to clear clear the grasses and fumigate the schools which started before now and is currently ongoing.
“We are confident that the strategies we have put in place will ensure the safety of our children and the teachers as they resume for their revisions.
“We have trained focal persons on NCDC protocol who are going to provide guides to these students on COVID-19 protocol compliance and other safety measures while in school.
“As a ministry, we are going to cut the hours within which students are allowed to stay in school as they do their revision so that they don’t relapse and fail to obey the necessary protocol.
“We are also thinking of relaxing the issue of morning assembly so that we don’t bring the students too close to one another; we may do it phase by phase or class by class, ” Chima said.
The Commissioner noted that wearing of facemask has been made compulsory for all the students sitting for the examinations stressing that candidates who did wear facemask would not be allowed into the exam halls.
“For the conduct of the exams, nobody goes into the exam without wearing facemask and hand sanitizer as agreed with the West African Examination Council (WAEC), NECO and our own local examination body, the Exams Development Centre.
“So, everything is being done to provide for the safety of our children and to ensure that we are number one as always,” he added.