IMO STATE GETS SET FOR AUGUST 4 SCHOOL RESUMPTION — EDUCATION COMMISSIONER
Reporter: UGONNA AGU–
Imo State Government says it is putting modalities in place in readiness for the Senior Secondary School Examination (WAEC) slated for August 17, 2020.
The Commissioner for Education, Professor Benard Ikegwuoha, who made this known while speaking with Radio Nigeria, said part of the measures was to ensure that modalities for adherence to Covid-19 protocol were in place.
The Commissioner spoke with respect to announcement by the Federal Government on resumption of schools for exit classes across the country.
The Federal Government through the Minister of State for Education, Professor Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, after a virtual meeting with commissioners for Education in the 36 states and other educational stakeholders, announced that schools would resume on August 4 to enable the exam classes prepare for WAEC scheduled to commence on the August 27, 2020.
Reacting to the development, the Commissioner for Education in Imo State, Professor Benard Ikegwuoha said the state government had put in place all the COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment needed for school resumption in the state.
According to him, the state has also awarded contracts for the fumigation of all private and public secondary schools in the 27 LGA of the state for safety of the students while in school.
“Parent will be saddled with the responsibility of bringing their children to school. No student would be allowed to enter into the examination hall without a face mask”.
“Furthermore, all public schools will be provided with buckets, water, soap, sanitizer, infrared thermometer to measure temperature. No student would be allowed to congregate or hug,” the Education Commissioner insisted.
Professor Ikegwuoha also announced that a virtual meeting, which would be Chiared by Governor Hope Uzodimma, was scheduled for Principals and PTA executive of all secondary schools as well as representatives from the six Local Government Area education zones in the state.
The meeting is to intimate and train them on how to adhere to the COVID-19 protocol.
‘”All boarding schools are directed to close. Some parents who are overseas have brought home their children to attain secondary education in Nigeria. If such students do not have guardian, we will see to what we can do,” the Education Commissioner stated.
A source from WAEC South East Zone, who pleaded anonymity, said the exam body was set to take off as soon as the state governments was ready. West African Examination Council (WAEC) board was established in 1952 to conduct examination and award certificate to five Anglophone West African countries of Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Gambia.