Vice President Industrial Global Union, Comrade Issa Aremu has come out to say that Nigeria should try to extend WAEC examination dates for its students amid the pandemic.
He recently revealed that even if the timetable for the West African Examinations Council’s (WAEC) senior school certificate examination (SSCE) has been announced to start from August 4, Nigeria can negotiate an out-of-season date when the pandemic has been completely contained.
According to him, whatever the consensus on schools reopening, there is an urgent need for a systematic awareness about the prevention of virus infection among pupils teachers and parents.
He added that there should be an installation of hand-washing facilities, provision of equipment for body temperature checks, provision of personal protective equipment, body disinfectants at all entering points to their major facilities, including the gates, hostels, classes, and offices, at our educational institutions.
His words, “In Kenya, schools will remain shut till 2021. Ghana is already reconsidering the decision on reopening after a spike in COVID-19. The JAMB Bulletin Volume 1 No. 18 of July 13, culled from a creditable South African source, 775 schools in the country have been affected by COVID-19. About 26 of the states in America are rolling back the plan to reopen schools,”
“Nigerian government should request WAEC to conduct the SSCE when the environment is right out of the regular May/June, November/December seasons. What ever the consensus on schools reopening, there is an urgent need for a systematic awareness about prevention of Virus infection among pupils teachers and parents,”
“There should be Installation of hand-washing facilities, provision of equipment for body temperature checks, provision of personal protective equipments, body disinfectants at all entering points to their major facilities, including the gates, hostels, classes, offices, decontamination of the s hills premises and teaching facilities that ensure social/physical distancing in class sizes and meeting spaces among .”
“All these raise the critical issues of capacity and resources availability. The most important advice is for all schools to encourage their students to maintain good hand and respiratory hygiene to remain safe.School proprietors, headmasters, and head mistresses must ensure that students have access to clean water and soap at all times while on the school premises.”
“The best way for schools to avoid COVID-19 infection is to ensure students and teachers wash their hands frequently,show students how to cough or sneeze into a tissue, or to cough into their elbow if they cannot get tissue, clean and disinfect their premises often and encourage sick students and teachers to stay home.”
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