BY ADEBAYO WAHEED, Ibadan
As public primary schools resume in the state, Oyo State Government has warned head teachers against non-compliance with COVID-19 safety guidelines, while it queried some schools that refused to comply with extant guidelines for resumption.
The Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran gave the warning on Monday during a state-wide monitoring of schools in Ibadan.
It would be recalled that Oyo State government trained 2,454 Head-teachers on safe resumption of schools in Oyo State in the penultimate week.
During the compliance monitoring, Adeniran who led a team of management members from Standard and Quality Assurance Department frowned at the poor compliance of teachers and pupils in some schools, as some of them were seen without facemasks, while flouting social distancing instructions.
At some schools, Adeniran noted that the compliance level was not encouraging, while the team did not meet teachers in others.
He said the pupils did not comply with extant guidelines of social distancing and use of nose-masks.
However, the team applauded the compliance level of some teachers and pupils to resumption guidelines.
Speaking with journalists after the inspection, Adeniran said, “We want to ensure total commitment to safety in our schools. We cannot afford to endanger the lives of our pupils and staff members”.
He also called on the head teachers of public primary schools to ensure full compliance with the guidelines, saying “while some schools are serious with the guidelines, some were lackadaisical about the issue of COVID-19 and have been called to order”.
According to him, the state-wide monitoring would be extended to other parts of the state during the week.
Schools visited were Methodist Primary School, Agbeni; Islamic Mission School, Yemetu; Ratibi Muslim School, Molete St. Bredan’s Primary School, Kumapayi, Egbeda; Abadina Primary School, UI and St. Thomas Primary School I, II and III, Agbowo.