Some government schools in the Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State observed partial compliance with the COVID-19 directives of the Federal Government as schools resumed academic activities on Monday.
Our correspondent, who observed activities in some schools in the Ibafo area of the state, noticed that some of the directives by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 were partially observed or not observed at all.
At the Obafemi Owode Local Government School 1, it was observed that most of the pupils were not wearing their face masks.
There was nobody at the gate to ensure that the pupils wore on their face masks.
Although the school provided water and soap in front of some classes, it was observed that there was no temperature check for the pupils.
It was also observed that most of the students were not in school.
According to one of the teachers in the school, who didn’t disclose her identity, primary 1-3 pupils were expected to be in school from 8-11 while pupils of primary 4-6 are expected to be in school from 12-3 so as to observe social distancing.
However, at the Obafemi Owode Local Government School 2, there was low turn of pupils, most pupils also were not using their face masks.
There was no provision of water and soap until our correspondent pointed it out to one of the teachers before she instructed some of the pupils to bring out the buckets and fetch water inside.
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At the Community High School, Ibafo, our correspondent observed that some of the students were being delayed outside for not wearing face masks while the students scampered around to find where to buy one.
However, most of the students resumed for academic activities, hence, there was no social distancing.
It was also observed that there was no provision for temperature check and hand sanitisers at the school gate as at 8.30am when our correspondent visited the school.
There was also no provision of water and soap at the time.
However, around 9am when the Vice Principal of the school got to the premises, he ordered the students to bring out the buckets where they were being kept and filled them with water.
The VP, who didn’t disclose his name, told our correspondent that the buckets and thermometer were not available due to his lateness as he noted that the items were kept in his office.
He said, “As you can see, the situation is beyond our control, I’m just coming because of the traffic and since I was not around, there’s no way they could get the buckets.
” I’m not expecting the pupils to be as much as this even though the state government has not given us directives if we will be operating the system we did the last time where the junior pupils resumed 8-11 and the senior resumed 12-3.
“We’ll find a way of addressing the students to sensitise them on the use of face mask and hand sanitisers. Everything will be normalised before the day runs out.”