In preparation for June 29 school reopening for Primary 6, JSS 3 and SSS3, Oyo State government has commenced training for teachers from all local government universal basic education authorities on the basic procedures for the handling COVID-19 in schools.
Executive chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran, revealed that the training on ‘Reopening of Schools’ is part of the state government’s pre-opening mandate.
He added that the training is targeted at getting participants prepared ahead of any possible identification of coronavirus case, with a view to ensuring that teachers and pupils remain safe while in schools.
“The workshop is expected to equip participants with necessary knowledge on COVID-19 and how to manage it during these trying times among pupils. Let me add that the workshop has representation from each zone in the state and is aimed at ensuring the safety of children and teachers in the state,” he said.
Adeniran further said, “Asking only Primary 6 pupils to return to school is strategic. Each school is spacious enough to contain all Primary 6 pupils in the state. So, there is actually no cause for alarm.”
He also added that Oyo SUBEB would look into constituting an advisory board to complement the efforts of the state government on combating COVID-19, while every school has been mandated to adhere to all precautionary measures during this period.
Dr. Adeniran said that with the threat of coronavirus pandemic and the need for pupils to return to schools, it was imperative for the state government to train teachers who would be in regular touch with the pupils on how to interact, while they also ensure their safety.
“To contain the spread of the disease in schools, Oyo State government under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde has deployed trainers who will train teachers. These trained teachers will in turn train their colleagues on precautionary measures and how to manage each pupil after the long stay at home,” Adeniran added.
Adeniran said that the Oyo SUBEB has distributed face masks to all non-teaching and teaching staff across all local government universal basic education authorities in the state.
This, he said, is part of the board’s precautionary measures to prepare every worker for the task ahead. He said each school will provide hand washing basins and alcohol-based hand sanitizers.