Public and private schools on Monday adhered to COVID-19 safety guidelines as exit classes resumed ahead of the scheduled August 19 West African Senior Secondary School Examination, WASSCE.
The Federal Government had last Monday directed schools to reopen for the Junior Secondary School 3 and Senior Secondary School 3 students.
Checks by An24.net in Lagos and Ogun states revealed high level of compliance with safety guidelines announced by the Federal Government in accordance with preventive measures advised by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.
At Ifako Ijaiye Senior Comprehensive High School, Ifako Ijaiye, returning students without face masks were not allowed into the school compound while a hand washing stand was stationed at the entrance of the school. The students then had to proceed to the next stand to check their temperatures before entering their classes.
The students were also divided into different classes as they observed social distancing.
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Similarly, Caros International School, Ibafo, Ogun State had a wash basin and hand sanitiser at the main entrance of the very spacious school.
The students and members of staff could also be seen wearing face masks, while some wore face shields.
Each class had between 31 and 35 students pre-COVID-19. However, in compliance with the COVID-19 guideline for resumption of schools, classes had been decongested to maintain social distancing among the students.
In a chat with AN24.net, an SS3 student of the school, Adunbarin Awe said that the school management was really strict with the students, “especially the unruly ones who didn’t bring face masks.”
“Some students were turned back at the entrance and their parents were called on the phone to ask them. Some had it in their bags but refused to wear them. Our proprietress has ordered teachers to flog any student caught without a mask,” he said.
When our correspondent visited the Lagos African Church Grammar School, Ifako, the school had all safety measures in place ahead of Tuesday, August 4, resumption.
According to the School Vice Principal, students were directed to resume on Tuesday in order to decontaminate the school environment.