The Imo State Commissioner of Education, Prof. B.T. Ikegwuoha, has on Saturday stated that all schools within Imo State, both Nursery, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary, are to reopen for academic activities on Monday, January 25, 2021.
Prof. Ikegwuoha insisted that all the covid-19 protocols must be compulsorily observed.
In a statement made available to the public through his social media handle, the education Commissioner highlighted some of the covid-19 protocols, in line with the directives of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 to include: wearing of face masks, maintenance of physical and social distancing, avoidance of clustering and regular hand washing with soap and alcohol based sanitizer. Others include: avoidance of crowded lectures, use of infrared thermometer, clearing/cutting of all grown grasses, cleaning of restrooms and designation of a room as “sick-bay” for isolating anyone who is sick or with high body temperature, among others.
According to the education boss, “the state ministry of education has concluded plans to set up Monitoring Teams that will monitor the implementation and adherence of these protocols inside and outside of school premises”, he stated. He therefore warned that any school head, principal or head of Tertiary institution whether state or federal within Imo State that flouts the protocols, will be sanctioned.
The erudite professor regretted that Imo State would have resumed schools on January 18, 2021, but for the second wave of covid-19 as dictated in three local governments within the state. According to him, the well-being and health of the good people of Imo State is paramount; hence, the extension of the date for resumption of schools.
In his words: “January 25, 2021 is the tentative date for the resumption of schools in Imo State”, he said.
The education Commissioner however remarked that community testing is ongoing in the 27 local government areas of Imo State. He said that the exercise will be completed on or before January 21, 2021.
The education boss strongly stated that schools should comply with the prosperity government in winning the war against the dreaded covid-19 pandemic. In his words: “any private school that resumes earlier than January 25, 2021, will have its license suspended and the school will be closed down”.