LAGOS and other South West states besides Osun, have directed the resumption of primary and secondary schools on Monday as directed by the Federal Government, with a stern warning from Lagos State government that it will sanction schools that default in implementing the basic preventive measures Ebola Virus Disease EVD, as directed by the Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau.
However, Osun State government has fixed October 6 as the resumption date for public and private schools in the state.
In Lagos, Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, at a sensitisation exercise on EVD for private schools owners, said sensitisation programme was part of measures aimed at preventing further spread of EVD.
According to Oladunjoye, “the aim of this sensitization exercise is to remind school management and teachers on the need to teach their students the importance of good personal hygiene so that we don’t record new cases of the EVD. To ensure compliance with the Federal Government’s directive, monitoring teams from the state Ministry of Education will, this weekend, go on inspection tours of all private and public schools in the state and any school that fails to provide running water, hand sanitisers and digital thermometers would be sanctioned accordingly.”
The Commissioner also said the first day of school would be dedicated to educating the students on the EVD and the various preventive measures.
Pleading with teachers to concentrate on their teaching jobs, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health, Dr. Yewande Adesina, charged them to be proactive and not panic driven so as not to instil fear in their students.