Ahead of schools reopening after four months of shutdown, parents and SS3 students are engaging in last minutes preparation to catch up with the West African Examination Council and COVID-19 preventive measures. Our Correspondent observed that some schools owners in Bauchi on Monday are having series of meetings with the parents and teachers to modalities for rigorous study.
Federal Government had earlier last week ordered the school reopening for exiting students to prepare for WAEC scheduled for August 17. When Our Correspondent visited one of the leading private schools in Bauchi, Proprietor of Dolphin Maria College, Barr. Al-Hassan Mohammed had summoned a meeting with the parents where he persuaded them to allowed their wards admitted in the hostel for “elongated study” –which he said will run till night.
“Some of these students have been left doing nothing for months. We want to do this to dissociate them from distraction of social media and others time consuming events. Our aim is to see them passing this exam.” One of the parents, Prof Aliyu Ibrahim said the online class was a wasted efforts, saying many of the students couldn’t access the services due to financial constraints. “I think I’m sending my son to a boarding school where he would read for the period of the exam. We are asked to pay about some amount but to me is better.”
A student, Baraka Usman said she has been reading long ago in an effort to pass WAEC this year to avoid rewriting JAMB in 2021. “I still need more revisions from my teachers” she said.
Meanwhile, Bauchi State Ministry of Education has issued a communique on the guidelines for school resumption. It said that: “All students must come to school with at least one washable face mask. All Schools must make provision for at least one gate (Monitor preferably teachers) who will be stationed permanently at the gate to monitor those coming in to the school. All schools must make sure that all students respect social distancing rules and regulations in the classrooms, hostel and dining halls.
“There must be a functional clinic in the school, where there is none, a classroom should be converted to a clinic. There should also be a holding area for isolating suspected cases.” According to the statement, government will provide infrared thermometers to public schools while private schools are expected to provide at least one for themselves.
Each school is expected to provide enough covid-19 buckets, soap and water for regular washing of hands. “Each school is advised to liaise with agricultural offices of their LGA for knapsacks while MOE will provide four liters of Chlorine to each school in case of the need for fumigation arises. Any school that has a faulty water source should communicate to the Ministry of Education immediately. Private schools may charge up to N500.00 only for the provision of basic Covid-19 requirements from each student.”