Covid-19: KDSG Approves October 18,19 Resumption Dates for Schools …Directs Administrator to comply with Covid-19 Protocols
By Femi Adi
After the order for all schools in the state to close about six months ago due to Conoronavirus pandemic , the Kaduna State Government has approved Sunday 18th and Monday, 19th October 2020, as resumption dates for SS 11, JSS I boarding and day schools respectively as well as primary students in the State.
Briefing journalists at Kaduna NUJ Secretariat on the adequate measures put in place to ensure safety of students as the schools reopen , the Commissioner of Education , Dr .Shehu Usman Muhammad emphasised that the administrators of public and private schools must comply with all COVID-19 Protocols such as: Temperature check at entrance, compulsory wearing of facemasks, hand washing/sanitizer and all COVID-19 guidelines as stated by the NCDC and the state COVID -19 Taskforce.
According to the Commissioner , schools will be on 2 shifts to enable compliance with COVID-19 guidelines as the first shift will be from 08:00am 12:00pm while the second shift will be from 01:00pm 05: 00pm.
He reiterated that the class size should not be more than 20 students per normal class with 1.0m – 2.0m physical distancing; schools must have COVID-19 team ,which will Comprise of the SBMC, PTA Community representative, students and teachers representatives that will monitor compliance.
He further said all Administrators of public and private schools are encouraged to adopt blended learning system, Parents are also advised to provide their children with facemasks and other sanitary items to help in curtailing the spread of the Virus.
He stressed ,”Proprietors of private schools are also expected to ensure proper arrangements and compliance with all Covid-19 Protocols and communicate their readiness to reopen to the Schools’ Quality Assurance Authority. All other learning, coaching and training centersincluding Islamiyyah/madrasas are to approach the State Schools Quality Assurance Authority (SQAA) to enable them obtain clearance for opening after satisfying all the COVID-19 protocols.
SQAA are to work closely with Bureau for Interfaith and Local GovernmentAuthorities line ensuring that Islamiyyah/Madrasas open gradually based on their readiness to comply with COVID-19 protocols. “
While stating that Monitoring teams are expected to be going round to ensure compliance, he disclosed that appropriate resumption dates for the rest of the Sasses will be announced in due course.
He however ,disclosed that the Ministry will continue the e- learning programme using Google classrooms, radio and television stations and other online applications until normalcy is returned to the academic environment.
Meanwhile , he appreciated the support of all stakeholders in the education sector including but not limited to Non-Govenmental Organizations, Parents Teachers Association, Proprietors of Private schools, Old Students Associations and the Media for their continued support and understanding.
He called on stakeholders to join its various monitoring teams in ensuring safe learning environment for our children.