Barely a week after the re-sumption of primary schools in Rivers State, parents have called on Heads of Primary and Nursery schools to ensure the adherence of COVID-19 protocols for the safety of their children.
The parents said one of such ways was to strengthen social distancing among the children by reducing the number of pupils and children in a class.
Speaking with a cross section of parents shortly after a brief Parents Teachers Association (PTA) meeting of Toria International School, Oyigbo, last Friday, the parents maintained that a class of 20-25 pupils was too much a number to check the contraction and spread of the COVID 19 virus.
They said the call became imperative following the fact that as children, they would not be able to comply with the measures and thereby stressed the need for teachers in the various classes to aid the kids.
According to a parent and medical practitioner, Dr Patricia Uzoma, “these children are only but kids. You can’t expect them to behave like us the adults. As adults for instance, you know how to position yourself when sneezing and those around you also know how to distant their faces or bodies from you who sneeized but these kids do not know all that”.
“It is therefore required of the school to keep these kids distant from one another and the teachers too to help them to keep up with the measures. That way, we are sure that our children and wards are safe at least in that regard”, she said.
Another parent, Chike Manilla said the reduction in the number of pupils in a class was also necessary considering the season.
Manilla said “most of their classrooms are small. The weather now is hot. As the children play, they sweat and rob it on one another. So, if they are many in the class, there is a high risk of contracting the virus” .
The parents further commended the state government for delaying the resumption to a time when the music of the pandemic was drastically winding low.
By: Lady Godknows Ogbulu
Mmom Warns Against Harassment Of School Principals
Commissioner for Education Prof. Chinedu Mmom, JP has stated categorically that he has not authorized any person or group of persons to go to schools in the name of taskforce or committee to harass and extort money from principals or teachers for any reason whatsoever.
The commissioner who stated this last Friday in a statement signed by the Senior Information Officer of Ministry, Tochi Abinye Pepple and made available to said what his ministry is doing is random check to ensure that schools have resumed in compliance with directives of government on school resumption.
Prof. Mmom urged principals and head teachers to be at alert and to arrest such persons who parade themselves as members of taskforce from the ministry and report such to him for proper action.
In his words” I have not set up any taskforce or committee to do any form of monitoring. Any person who comes to your school should come with original letters signed by myself. Education is free in Rivers State as His Excellency has declared”.
The commissioner further stated that if there is need to set up any committee or task force by his ministry, that he will also discuss it with the principals and make it public for everyone to know.
He advised those involved in such art to desist henceforth or be ready to face the music.
Prof. Mmom further warned principals to stop extorting money from students and pupils through admission reminding them that Education remains free in Rivers State.
By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana
Anambra Bans Use Of Miniskirts As School Uniform
Anambra has banned the wearing of miniskirts as school uniform in all schools in the state.
Commissioner for Education, Prof. Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, stated in Awka on Sunday that the announcement of the ban became necessary as schools resume on Monday.
She said the ban had been communicated to Education Secretaries of public and private schools in the state.
The commissioner condemned the growing trend of wearing miniskirts as school uniform and said it was morally wrong and unacceptable in children of school age.
“A student should look smart, well groomed, project positive vibes and not be indecently dressed for school.
“The acceptable length for uniforms in the state remains knee length and not above the knee, which is fast becoming the fashion trend in schools,’’ she noted.
The commissioner said Education Secretaries had been charged to ensure that schools complied with the directive to salvage the future of students in the state. Chuma-Udeh also urged the secretaries to instil the right morals and discipline in students so that they would be well-behaved and grow to become responsible adults.
Strike: Group Urges ASUU To Be Responsible In Its Negotiations
Enugu-based Progressive Students Movement (PSM) has urged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to be responsible in its negotiations to resolve the ongoing strike and consider suffering of Nigerian students.
The PSM also urged the Federal Government to withdraw its law suit against ASUU at the Industrial Court “as this will further waste the already wasted time of Nigerian students”.
The President of PSM, Mr Bestman Okereafor, disclosed this in a statement made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Sunday.
Okereafor noted that it was regrettable that the strike had been allowed to linger beyond seven months.
The PSM boss, while appealing for a compromise between both parties, enumerated the recent losses caused by the lingering strike.
“It is regrettable that actions of both parties have led to shutting down of universities for seven months over the continuous strike which has obviously drastically affected the academic calendars.
“The continuous strike has also deprived university students from joining their polytechnic counterparts in mobilising and partaking in National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
“ Information at our disposal reveals a UNIBEN staff committed suicide few weeks ago,” he said.
He appealed to well meaning Nigerians, especially prominent leaders and respected traditional rulers, to prevail on both parties to shift grounds and find a middle ground for an amicable agreement.
He noted that Nigerian students had remained at the receiving end of each academic strike.
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