By Sarah NEGEDU
The Federal Capital Territory Administration says it has tightened security around schools and enforced compliance rate of COVID-19 protocols, to ensure students’ safety across schools in the nation’s capital.
Chairman of the FCT Secondary Education Board, Musa Yahaya, while leading a delegation on an inspection of public and private schools in the territory, insisted that the established COVID-19 protocol would continue to be observed especially as the fears of the third wave heightens.
Resumption date for the 2021/2022 academic session in the FCT was extended by two weeks, from September 5th to September 19th and 20th, due to the ongoing senior secondary school leaving exams.
The chairman while speaking to journalists during the inspection, revealed that enough orientation had been given to students and teachers on the nitty-gritty of the COVID-19 protocol.
According to him, “It’s a normal tradition that when schools resume, we make it out to assess the level of resumption particularly this period when we have the 3rd wave of COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have gone through this; the first, second and now the third wave of COVID-19 pandemic, so the protocol still remains the way they are, and the compliance rate is what actually needs to heightened up, to ensure that we are not found wanting for running foul of the protocol.”
Commenting on the prevailing insecurity challenges, the SEB chairman assured parents that the authorities have done very well in keeping the students safe in respective FCT schools, as a lot of measures have been put in place.
“It’s something that has to do with the security of the lives of our future leaders, we don’t come out boldly to tell people this is what we are doing.
“But, we want to assure Nigerians that FCT is safe, and the authorities are not resting in ensuring that every school and child is secured in the schools”, he stressed.
On her part, the principal of Junior Secondary School, Phase 3 Gwagwalada, Hadiza Ejigogo, said the security personnel are stationed at the school gate, to ensure that the established protocol are followed by everyone trying to gain access to the school.
She also said: “In respect of school resumption, everything is taking shape, as we have about 70percent of our students in school today, and the first activity we often conduct is resumption test, to make them participate, in order to encourage them to come to school.
“Right now, we have one thousand, three hundred students, but those in the school attendance today are seven hundred and eighty students.”
Some of the schools visited include Government Secondary School, Kingdom Heritage Model School, Gado Nasko Science Primary School; and Junior Secondary School, Phase 3, all in Gwagwalada Area Council.