HOW CROSS RIVER STATE PREPARED FOR POST COVID-19 ON SCHOOL RESUMPTION By: Rose Osang Achu
Before schools in Cross River State resumed classes, the State government and owners of private schools put in place measures to ensure safety and prevention of pupils and students from contacting the dreaded Corona-virus in schools, and its reduction of the impacts of the spread as well as support control measures.
The protection of children and educational facilities is of particular importance as we know that, precautions are necessary to prevent the potential spread of Covid19 in school setting.
Nevertheless, the expectation of parents or citizens from both Government and school authorities are to learn useful lessons from various countries which had experienced an upsurge in cases of Covid1-19 infections after reopening
of schools by noting a decline in the number of infected persons, to ensure that all Covid-19 protocols are put in place and strictly observed in schools by the authorities.
While it is necessary for taxi drivers who convey commuters, especially school children to be cautious on the number of persons they carry as congestion can pose a threat to people’s lives by making sure that all passengers wear face mask to avoid the spread of the virus, parents on their part, should always ensure that their children carry their
face mask with them as they leave the house to school as well as making use of hand sanitizers regularly.
Speaking on the preventive measures put in place by her school, the Head Teacher of Solomon Foundation, Daycare,
Nursery and Primary School, Mrs. Nkereuwen Ekpe, revealed that the school had gone through several processes to ensure that the pupils were safe and prevented from the dreaded Corona-virus.
She said that some of the measures taken included, cleaning and fumigation of the school environment and classrooms, provision of an authentic thermometer for temperature checking, buckets, water and detergents with hand sanitizers, as well as observing of the two meters social distancing. According to her, the school is also
spacious enough to avoid congestion, and therefore, advised parents to do their part in ensuring that they wear their nose masks and face shields and to observe personal hygiene at all times.
She frowned at parents who drop their children in school without wearing face shield or nose mask. While adding that the school has observed all Covid -19 laid down protocols and control measures geared towards the safety and prevention of pupils in the school. Also, the Director Calabar Scholastic Leadership Academy, at Akai Effa, Calabar, Mr. Nyong David, on his part, narrated the processes the school underwent before resumption of schools to ensure safety of pupils, students and staff against the spread and effect of Corona virus. He mentioned them to include, clearing and fumigation of the school environment, Adequate use of thermometer, nose mask and face shield, hand
washing and hand sanitizers as well as observing the social distancing of two meters space.
He disclosed further that, the school has, according to laid down criteria by the Ministry of Education
“Must Provide a Sick Bay and qualified medical personnels for emergency health situation. However, he lamented that the school has faced the challenge bad road network, though he said that, the the school authority on their own
fixed the road for the people, and safety of the school children.
“Due to the topography and terrain of the land, the road needs government intervention for it to be accessible and passable”, he therefore noted, while calling on the State government to assist further in fixing the road so as to alleviate the sufferings of citizens around the area. While felicitating the Digital Governor, Prof Ben Ayade, his beloved wife Dr. Linda Ayade and the Deputy Governor, Prof Ivara Esu and his dear wife the on the 60 Independent Anniversary of our great Country Nigeria. David prayed God to bless all Cross Riverians, especially, the School Proprietor, Prof. Bassey Christy Nyong and all the staff of Calabar Scholastic Leadership Academy. Earlier, Prof Bassey Christy Nyong, called on the youths to be more proactive in their dealings and imbibe good behaviours in order to achieve greatness, stating that she like to see young ones grow up with bright and better future. Speaking on behalf of the school teachers, Mr. Victor Ekpenyong, disclosed that even during lock down, the school authority made sure that the environment was kept cleaned and fumigated in anticipation that schools might resume any moment, for safety of everyone that enters the school premises.