Current issues arising for 2020 WASSCE candidates, each state report for SSS3 Students resumption

Current issues arising for 2020 WASSCE candidates, each state report for SSS3 Students resumption

Current issues arising for 2020 WASSCE candidates, each state report for SSS3 Students resumption
The current issues arising for 2020 WASSCE candidates and  each states report are highlighted as follows; 

Report has shown that SSS 3 students in Lagos , Benue, Kwara and Ogun states are preparing for resumption on Tuesday , while WASSCE candidates would resume in Cross River State on Monday (today). Whereas, Enugu , Gombe and Rivers states have yet to announce the resumption dates for their students , unlike Ekiti State , where students will resume on August 10. Investigations showed that many state governments had yet to provide running water , hand- washing points and other non- pharmaceutical materials stipulated in the Presidential Task Force on COVID - 19 guidelines for resumption of schools.

Recall that the Federal Government had on Monday said SSS 3 students would resume on Tuesday . The Minister of State (Education), Emeka Nwajiuba, however , explained that only COVID - 19 protocol compliant schools would resume .

According to him , schools must provide running water and hand- washing points sanitisers .On Sunday, our correspondents observed that many state governments had not met all the PTF guidelines .

What Is Happening In Benue State
In Benue State , the state government has not put in place necessary measures that could prevent the spread of COVID - 19 among students and teachers on their resumption.The state government, through the Commissioner for Education, Professor Dennis Ityavyar , had last week announced Tuesday as the date for reopening of Primary 6 , JSS 3 and SSS 3 classes.

But one of our correspondents, who went to some schools in Makurdi, the state capital , on Sunday, reported that there were no signs indicating the preparedness of the state government to reopen schools in line with the Federal Government ’ s protocols .

It was gathered that government had yet to fumigate any school in the state neither was there anything to suggest that students would be resuming on Tuesday. At the Government Model Secondary School , Makurdi, there was no hand- washing points at the entrance of the school or the classes. No hand sanitisers were seen in and around the classes.

Also, at the Mount Saint Gabriel Secondary School, Makurdi, St. Joseph Secondary School , Nyiman, and the LGA Pilot School , Wurukum , the situation was the same , as there was no facility to prevent the spread of COVID - 19 on the premises.

At the Arabic School, Lobi Quarters , the gate was locked, but a peep into the premises through the fence indicated that the environment was bushy which might pose a serious danger to students on resumption. Efforts to speak to the Commissioner for Education, Ityavyar , proved abortive as he could not be reached on the telephone . He did not respond to the SMS sent to him .

No PPE in Gombe State
In Gombe State schools , including Orji Secondary, Gombe and Government Science , Lakanje , Kaltugo, there was no provision for hand - washing materials.But the state Commissioner for Education, Dr Habu Dahiru, in an interview with  , said the state had yet to decide on the date when its SSS 3 students would resume .

He stated, “ If the Federal Government will give us what is required to resume at their stipulated time, we will. But if they can ’t give us a penny and they say open on August 4 , I don’ t think that is fair . If they say open schools on August 4 and the NCDC (Nigeria Centre for Disease Control ), prescribes necessary things , states should be given sometime to get them before schools are reopened .”

No preparation on WAEC in Skoto State
There are no teachers to handle extra-classes – Sokoto teacher. Also, in Sokoto State,  a correspondent observed that schools had not started making preparations for resumption of SSS 3 students.The Sokoto State Government has announced Tuesday as resumption date for SSS 3 students .

A visit to some of the schools clearly indicated that they were not in compliance with the guidelines. At the Sultan Attahiru Secondary School, Sokoto, there were no wash - hand basins at the school entrance on Sunday. A worker resident in the school said, “ There are no wash - hand stations either with soap and sanitizers within the school premises. A water reservoir is even a no - go area.

“ It is easier to adopt physical distancing in the classrooms , meaning we can use other classes since it is not all the students that are resuming , but do we have enough teachers to handle the extra classes?” he asked .

The SSS 3 students in Cross River State are to resume on Monday , August 3. The Special Adviser Education to Governor Ben Ayade , Castro Ezama, said, “ They will resume tomorrow to prepare for their exams .”

What happening in Ekiti Sate
In Ekiti State , the state government stepped up preparations for resumption of schools on August 10. It was gathered that materials such as soap, sanitisers and infrared thermometers would be distributed to public schools this week.

The state Commissioner for Education , Foluso Daramola , in a statement titled, ‘ Press release on the reopening of schools in Ekiti State’ on Sunday said the training of focal persons for the schools would begin on Tuesday .
He stated, “ Principals /headteachers are also to arrange their halls /hostel dormitories in conformity with COVID - 19 protocols for physical /social distancing . They are also to adhere strictly to all the guidelines already distributed to both private and public schools. ”

Adjustment has  been made in Oyo State
On its part , the Oyo State Government explained the need to adjust the school calendar in the state to ensure uniformity with the recent adjustment made by the Federal Government .

The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology in the state , Olasunkanmi Olaleye, said this in a statement on Sunday titled, ‘School reopening, Oyo government hails teachers, provides details of new school calendar .’

He stated, “Terminal classes, including the Senior Secondary School 3 ; Junior Secondary 3 and Primary 6 students resumed classes in Oyo State on July 6 , despite the alarms raised by the Federal Government and some education stakeholders . ”

Enugu State
The Enugu State Commissioner for Education, Prof Uche Eze , said the government would soon announce the date the students in exit classes would resume , adding that decontamination of schools commenced last Friday .

Situation in Lagos State
In Lagos State , when one of our correspondents visited Anwarul Islam Girls High School , Ojokoro , on Sunday , he noticed that the school did not make provision for hand- washing points within the school or outside the school gate .

The classrooms were also not marked to give room for social distancing among the students as of 6pm when the correspondent visited there.
At the Lagos State Model Senior College , Meiran , some parents brought their children who would resume .The Governor of Lagos State , Babajide Sanwo - Olu , had on Friday . said the government would provide face masks for all schools.

In Ogun State no running water , hand- washing
In Ogun State , none of the schools visited had sanitisers and hand - washing points at their the entrances . Schools visited in Abeokuta included Lafenwa High School, Premier Grammar School , Unity High School, St . John Anglican High School and Reverend Kuti Memorial Grammar School.

When contacted over the development , the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor , Kunle Somorin , said, “ No school is in session. Schools are resuming on Tuesday . Teachers and school administrators will be there as from tomorrow (Monday) Ogun.”

Federal Government Response
Also reacting, the Special Adviser to Governor on Basic and Secondary Education, Mrs . Ronke Soyombo , said the items would be fixed on Monday.