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By Judith Oraeki-Anigbogu/Uchechukwu Molokwu/Ngozi Iwunze  :

Ogidi (Idemili North LGA), Feb. 3, 2021 (MOI) virtually all schools in Anambra have resumed in order to enable them complete their first term.

Although, they all officially open on Jan. 18, they were directed to commence classes on Feb. 18.

This was to afford the schools and their management ample opportunity to gear up to stem the spread of the second wave of the COVID-19, which appeared to be more deadly than the previous one.

In the Ogidi area, the Zonal Director, Post Primary School Service Commission, Ogidi Zone, Mrs Adeline Anyichie said that she was excited at the resumption of schools.

Mrs Anyichie explained while exchanging views newsmen that schools in Ogidi zone were living up to expectation.

“All the principals are up-to-date with their COVID-19 protocols to avoid their schools being closed down,’’ she said noting, “a monitoring team moved round the entire schools to monitor compliance.’’

She added that the resumptions in the state were significant as there was need for students and pupils to return to classes after a long stay at home.

Mrs Anyichie urged the students and their parents to comply with the protocols by washing their hands regularly; wearing their face masks as well as parents suspend visiting their wards except when unavoidable.

The zonal director, nevertheless, listed some challenges facing them in the enforcement of the protocols to include a lack of running water, tanks and sanitisers.

“Government should come to our aid in these areas so that we can effectively say that we are ready to guide the school children against the scourge.’’

In Ozubulu, Ekwusigo LGA, have resumed in accordance with the directive from Anambra State Government.

Information officers went round to visit schools in the area to see things for themselves.

At Nkunu Community Primary School, Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area the headmistress, Mrs Anne Igbokwe said that teachers and pupils resumed in good numbers.

The teachers and pupils were donning their face masks. The pupils wore their white face masks for easy spotting of dirt.

“There were buckets of water fitted with taps, liquid soaps and hand sanitisers at the school’s entrance; each classroom has its own bucket of water, soaps and hand sanitisers.

“We sensitised the children on COVID-19 preventive protocols and made them to recite them every morning during the morning assembly.

“COVID-19 safety guidelines were placed at every section in the school.’’

At the Catholic Girls Secondary School Ozubulu were also among the Schools visited.

At Seat of Wisdom Secondary School, Ozubulu, the Principal Seat of Wisdom, Mrs Chinwe Igweonu in an interview with information officers said that before the resumption, they cleared and cleaned the School compound.

“We skipped fumigating the premises because we did not have enough funds for that.’’

She said students would not go out for break and no assembly to maintain physical distancing. Those without face masks would not be allowed entry into the school compound.

“We keep buckets of water fitted with taps for regular hand washing in each classroom and staff member rooms. Before entry at the school premises, we use thermometer for temperature checks on each student,’’ Mrs Igweonu said.

The manager Catholic Girls’ Secondary School Ozubulu, Rev. Fr. Bennett Okeoma said that the school compound, staff member rooms, hostels, kitchens and Chapel were fumigated before the resumption.

Sanitisers, buckets fitted with water taps were kept in each classroom and staff member rooms. Also infrared thermometers were available before entry into the school.

Each student was expected to wear their face masks and the school was now in session and there were no worries. (MOI)
HM/3C/TON
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