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Covid -19 :Oyo trains headteachers on safe reopening of schools

Following plans to reopen schools in Oyo State, the State Universal Basic Education Board has trained about 2, 454 Head teachers in the State, on Covid-19 preventive measures.

The training which was held across all Educational zones in the State, began last Tuesday and ended yesterday .

It will be recalled that schools in the State had been closed since March 2020,due to the pandemic.

Speaking at the event, the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran said in view of WHO’s advice that Covid-19 might be around for a while, the Board in collaboration with Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) have begun capacity building of all teachers at primary school level as directed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC).

He stressed that the training is complementing the State Government’s efforts in containing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, noting that the State Government had earlier organized and funded training of School Administrators on COVID-19 preventive measures for both primary and secondary school teachers.

Adeniran added that the State Government’s zeal was to prepare headteachers for a safe and hitch-free reopening of schools and learning facilities, while also considering the health, safety, environmental protection and security of learners, teachers, education personnel and families.

He urged facilitators at the training to follow stipulated measures, actions and recommendations put in place by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Oyo State Emergency Operation Centre.

Whilehe commended Governor Seyi Makinde, whose quality leadership and direction deployed into containing Covid-19 in the State, has helped leaders at all levels in Nigeria to adapt and adopt sound policies and strategies so far used in fighting the pandemic in Oyo State, he also thanked UBEC for its partnership and support to the State Government.

He further said that the State Government proactively aligned some of its policies and actions along with Federal Government, International Agencies, MDAs, so as to prevent the escalation of the disease within school environment and the entire populace

Adeniran added that proactive steps of the Board, through its Learning-on-air programmes cushioned the devastating impact of Covid-19 otherwise known as SARS-COV-2 might have had on pupils and the Primary education sector.

The six major topics in the training, focused on managing schools and ensuring safety in the post-COVID lockdown; the concept and practice of social distancing and its implications; promoting personal, environmental hygiene and cough etiquette as safeguard against COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases.

Other topics include, observing other preventive measures against COVID-19 with the use of face-mask; dealing with the psychological effects of pandemic and lockdown on learner and helping them to overcome the trauma and adjust to the realities of the disease; and identifying and responding to learners showing signs of illness.

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