COVID-19: Private School Owners calls for adherence to safety measures
By: Femi Mustapha
National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) kaduna State has called on its members to adhere to COVID-19 Safety measures as
Yardstick to ensure safety of students and teachers.
The Chairman of the Association in the state Jaafar Yusuf stated this in a statement made available to media in kaduna North West Nigeria on,26th November,2020.
The statement stated that
the calling is coming in line with the 2nd wave COVID-19 Pendemic reported in some Countries.
The Chairman added that as owners of Schools, NAPPS members should continue to observe covid-19 guidelines in their Schools and alert Staff and Parents to be more vigilant particularly in the use of face mask and Social Distance in Schools and other public places.
” Let us all come together and protect ourselves, our family and our society from the scourge of the Pandemic as astitch in time saves Nine. ”
The Chairman discribed as untrue, report that there is Weak compliance to COVID-19 protocols since the resumption of schools in the state, saying compliance was strict in private schools .
Jaafar Yusuf added that from report reaching him there was considerable availability of hand hygiene facilities, temperature checks, use of face masks, provision for physical distancing measures in most Private School in kaduna State.
At a Private School visited in kaduna North Local Government Area yesterday, the hand hygiene facilities installed at the gates were used by visitors, students who walked in and also have their temperatures checked or directed to wash their hands.
A student told this reporter that the sitting arrangement as been adjusted since the pandemic.
At another School in U/ Gimbaya in Chikun Local Government Area all students who resumed without face masks were not allowed into the school premises and consequently sent back home.
At a private school in U/ Rimi in Kaduna North Local Government Area , only one Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) facility was installed at the schools’ administrative block and poor compliance on the use of face masks among students and staf was witnessed in another Private School in Kaduna South Local Government Area.
However, a staff at a Private, who pleaded anonymity reiterated that the school cannot comply fully with the social distancing measures maximally because there aren’t enough teachers.
In the same vein, a staff of a private school in Igabi Local Government Area said all students and pupils of the school will observe their break time in their various classes and outdoor activities will be limited to ensure strict physical distancing.