South-East governors to order COVID-19 test on teachers before school resumption

Primary school pupils on their way to school
Tochi Juliet

South-East Governors Forum had said compulsory COVID-19 tests would be conducted on teachers before schools in the region will reopen.

The Forum Chairman and Ebonyi Governor, Dave Umahi, disclosed this at a media briefing on Sunday.

He said there were fears for kindergarten and primary school pupils who do not understand what is social distancing.

“How many of our schools have running water and how many sanitisers have been provided for them?” He asked.

Umahi noted that it is the rainy season and most schools are bushy due to abandonment since the coronavirus outbreak.

He revealed that the forum would review school infrastructure to support Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines ahead of the federal government’s decision on reopening.

“We will then review our position and tell our people the safest time to reopen schools with our health workers to enforce the NCDC protocols,” Umahi added.

It is worthy of note that the Nigerian Government, has said that students who are qualified to write West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) may likely sit for General Certificate Examination, GCE if it fails to meet up with WAEC timetable.

This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba during the bi-weekly press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

According to him, this may be an alternative since the WASSCE cannot be rescheduled for any reason.

The Minister, however, noted that if Nigeria was able to meet up with the WAEC timetable, there was already a negotiated timeline to move local language subjects such as Ibo, Yoruba and Hausa behind to allow all participating countries the needed time to write the general subjects at the same time.

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