By Beauty John, LAFIA
The Nasarawa state government has commenced the fumigation of public schools across the 13 local government areas of the state, ahead of school reopening.
Hajiya Fati Sabo, the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Lafia.
Sabo disclosed that the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources would handle the fumigation of schools to decontaminate the environment, while the ministry of Health would undertake the training of teachers on the use of infrared thermometer among others.
According to her, isolation centres would be provided by the ministry of Health, and teachers will also be trained on how to identify suspected cases of COVID-19 in their schools.
In accordance with the federal government’s directive, she said that personal protective equipments will be provided for the schools.
“The ministry will also provide Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) to the schools to ensure that teachers are adequately protected”.
She revealed that Commissioners of Education from the 36 states, in meeting with the Minister of Education have agreed to reopen schools on Monday 4, 2020.
“We all agreed to reopen schools as from August 4, 2020 to enable those exiting classes to participate SSCE scheduled to commence from August 17, 2020,” the Commissioner said.
“However, Nasarawa state government is yet to announce the date for the resumption of schools in the state” she explained.
The commissioner noted that as a followup to the agreement reached, the ministry has engaged stakeholders including Parents Teachers Association (PTA) and Association of Proprietors of Private Schools to ensure that schools are fumigated before the resumption date.
Proprietor of one of the private schools in the state capital, Mr Akaangee Andrew Terkimbi, the Principal of Jofag International College, Lafia, appealed to the state government to support private schools in the state with cash and protective equipments, to enable them enforce the COVID-19 guidelines.
Mr Terkimbi said he had already fumigated his school ahead of resumption and waiting for the date to be announced.