By Chika Obi/Anthonia Amechina/Chioma Nwankwo/Adaiyke George

Onitsha, Jan. 22, 2021 (MOI) Teachers and administrative staff members of schools in Onitsha North Local Government Area (LGA) have commenced measures, aimed at ensuring safety of students when they resume classes on Feb. 1.

This followed government directives to schools to officially open on Jan.18 but commence classes on Feb. 1.

The measures are to ensure that COVID-19 protocols were effectively provided ahead of commencement of classes.

The schools visited include St. Charles’ College Onitsha, Regina Pacis Model Secondary School and Ado Girls Secondary School.

At St. Charles’ College, it was observed that the school administrative staff members and teachers had a meeting with the Principal, Rev. Fr. Emma Emenu on how they would handle COVID-19 preventive measures.

During an interview with the state information officers in Onitsha North, the principal said that school was seriously preparing by ensuring that their COVID-19 Taskforce team would be ready for students’ resumption.

“The cleaning of the environment is on in the school, while the buckets, sanitisers and infrared thermometers will be placed at strategic locations to check visitors before they can access the premises.

Also in separate interviews the Principal of Regina Pacis Rev. Fr. Pascal Okonkwo and those of Ado Girls Secondary School, Mrs Tina Agubisi said that schools had just re-opened for the teachers.

“Every necessary COVID -19 preventive measure must be in place before the students resume.’’

Fr. Okonkwo of Regina Pacis pleaded that the sensitisation should continue for children to know that COVID-19 was real.

He adds: “students are forced to obey and maintain the preventive measures when they are under our watch but outside the teacher’s watch, they ignore some of the protocols’’.

“That is the challenge we have during the first phase of the pandemic.’’ However, he adds: “if the government can provide some of the necessary materials to schools, we will be glad as some parents are finding it difficult to provide for their children’’. (MOI)

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