Schools Resume Nationwide Amidst COVID-19 Second Wave

Public and private schools across the country have steadily resumed academic activities on Monday, amidst a rise in Covid-19 cases.

Nigeria’s cases have continue to rise, and more death recorded.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC’s latest figure indicates 110,387 infections with 1,435 deaths.

Many schools, especially government owned, still lag behind in preventive measure.

In the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, schools in Gwagwalada area council, Government Day Secondary School, Gwagwalada; Christ Academy Phase three, Gado Nasko Primary school and Government Secondary school Dobi, showed partial compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols.

At the GSS, Dobi, two guards checked temperature while two hand wash was provided but our correspondent observed that most students and staff didn’t not observe this protocol.

Many did not wear face masks but had one in their bags and pockets while staff ignored physical distance rules by socialising through handshake.

In Lagos, government-owned schools will maintain a shift-system introduced last year, where students in SS1 and JS3 will go to school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while those in SSS 2 and JSS 2 will go on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

At the primary school level, pupils were divided into two categories with the first set to go to school on Mondays and Wednesdays and for about three hours on Friday morning and the other set will go to school on Tuesdays and Thursdays and for three hours on Friday afternoon.

Schools in Logo resumed on Monday, with government urging all to observe guidelines, though it has consistently insisted that there are no cases of COVID-19 in the state

Kaduna state has since announced that schools will not be resuming Monday, January 18 for fear of faster spread of COVID-19 virus due to non-adherence to protocols.

As schools resume, NCDC said authorities must take responsibility to ensure;

Daniel Adejo in Abuja, with additional reporting by Omotola Oguneye

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