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Education Secretariat embarks on Covid-19 sensitization in FCT schools

Mar, 2021 | By Kabiru Musa and Sarah Odugbo | ||

As part of its vigorous efforts to ensure there is uninterrupted academic activities in FCT schools even as the struggle to combat the Covid-19 pandemic continues, the Federal Territory (FCT) Education Secretariat has put together an enlarged sensitization programme on Covid-19 for Secondary School Principals, Vice Principals, Head Teachers and relevant officers. The programme which was in collaboration with the Health and Human Services Secretariat focused on precautionary measures, other basic information on the Covid-19 pandemic and compliance with the safety protocols for a conducive teaching and learning environment.

Flagging off the event at the FCT Education Resource Centre, the Permanent Secretary, FCT, Mr Olusade Adesola said that the sensitization programme was heartwarming and timely as it will help enlighten the participants the more on the basic information about the pandemic and make them take early precautionary measures stressing that no stone should be left unturned amidst the second wave even as he noted that gathering of people is a veritable ground for a super spread.

He expressed the willingness of the Administration to do all it could to nip the pandemic in the bud adding that allowances were being given to the teeming participants in each centre. The Permanent Secretary urged the participants to be attentive to the health experts and take whatever they had learnt back to their various schools where they were expected to also teach their fellow colleagues and be good role models, and also commended them for their commitment in last session's reopening of schools .

Speaking, various speakers from both Secretariats in seven centres in each Area council of the FCT deduced the imperativeness of continuing the creation of the needed awareness on the pandemic amidst the second wave particularly as schools had resumed thus ensuring the new academic session was without any distractions. They maintained that the sensitization programme will ensure that school authorities keep abreast of basic information about the ravaging pandemic and were well equipped to prevent it.

The health experts unveiled the different ways in which it could be contacted hence prevention and control were needed in order to enjoy smooth academic activities. According to them, the task of keeping safe is the responsibility of all and should not be left in the hands of Government alone adding that everyone was an enforcer of the Covid-19 Safety Protocols. They reminded the participants from the various schools of the recent Presidential directives signed to sanction offenders stressing that nothing should be taken for granted especially as the students were already in a new academic session.

Earlier, during his visits to the centres, the Acting Director, Education Secretariat, Mallam Leramoh Abdulrazaq tasked the schools authorities to be vigilant by taking adequate measures of checking the temperature of students, staff and visitors alike and continuous monitoring and inspecting of the schools' teaching and learning environment.

He explained that the continuous sensitization among other programmes was approved by the Minister for FCT, Mallam Muhammed Musa Bello to put everyone on the alert, assuring that the Education Secretariat will continue to intensify efforts on various activities based programmes to ensure the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic had no place in FCT schools and appealed for total compliance with the safety protocols and school resumption guidelines in FCT. The sensitization programme centres which included Kwali, Abaji, Gwagwalada, Kuje, Bwari, Karshi and ERC had all the management of Education Secretariat, School Principals, Vice Principals, relevant stakeholders, school heads and teachers in attendance.

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