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Count down to school resumption in Edo State

From Ogiemwonyi Osazuwa

Disruptions to education have taken place across the globe during Coronavirus pandemic, Nigeria and indeed Edo State are not excepted.

Nevertheless, schools across Edo State will officially resume today, Tuesday 6th October 2020 so that students don't miss out on the opportunities that will determine their future.

In line with the COVID-19 protocols-to observe the social/physical distancing safety protocols in the classrooms, schools across Edo State are mandated to operate according to the following schedule:

1.Primary 1 to 6 and Junior secondary school 1 to 3 will attend class or school between 8am to 11am.

2.Senior secondary school 1 to 3 will be between 12pm to 3pm.

According to the Commissioner for Education, Hon.(Barr) Jimoh Ijegbai,"It's only schools which have small population of students can operate the normal school system." In other words, schools with large population of students both from Private and Public schools are mandated to comply with government's new directives.

Again, school heads and proprietors are mandated to enforce "No facemask no entry" in school. So, parents and guardians are expected to ensure that their children and wards put on facemask before going out to school.

In the same vein, school heads and proprietors are mandated to provide water and alcoholic hand based sanitizer at the entrance of the school. Also, they are expected to provide water and hand sanitizers for each classrooms for students use.

Lastly, social distancing must be maintained in classes. And over-crowded classroom is forbidden. In line with International best practices, 30 to 40 students in a class. School heads and class-teachers are expected to ensure that students maintained social/physical distancing in their various classrooms.

Together, we can set Edo State free of Coronavirus. Let's make Edo great again. It begins with me and you. Stay safe and stay healthy.

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