By Oswald Agwu
Ebonyi State government through its Ministry of Education has organised training for selected 4000 teachers and 466 health workers in the state.
The training workshop was aimed at preparing the teachers for resumption of studies and examinations for the senior and junior secondary 3 students in the state.
Giving update on the COVID-19 situation in the state, the Health Commissioner, Daniel Umezurike revealed that Ebonyi as at date has 908 total cases, 33 deaths, 835 treated and discharged with 40 active cases.
He observed that Ebonyi State in the last few weeks has witnessed a downward trend in COVID-19 cases.
Outlining government’s operative rules for schools under the prevailing circumstance, the Commissioner for Education, Onyebuchi Chima, said students must maintain at least, one metre distance from each other in the classes and halls; each classroom must contain a hand sanitizer and a hand washing machine.
Chima added: “No visitors, including parents are allowed into the schools except those on official functions.
“Breaks must be supervised and should be in batches if it must be observed.
“No food vendors.
“Time for lunch packs must be put in the timetable and supervised by teachers.
“Two health workers are to be posted to each school.
“All question papers must be sterilized.
“All supervisors, invigilators and other examiners must wear face masks…
“Only one entrance to the schools, including the dormitories with washing facilities and sanitizer.”
Chima encouraged students not to be afraid but to brace up to the challenges and make good results.
The Chairmen of the State Secondary Education Board, Mrs. Elizabeth Ezeani, and her Universal Basic Education Board, Hyacinth Ikpor appreciated the Governor for his laudable investments in the education sector.
Other stakeholders who spoke at the event including the Chief Medical Director, Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, Dr. Emeka Onwe Ogah; State Director of Public Health, Dr. Mike Urom and the State Epidemiologist, Dr Emeka Sampson, among others harped on the importance of facemask, hand washing and physical distancing as means of preventing spread of infection.
Resource persons for the training were drawn from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, the World Health Organisation, the State Ministry of Health and the State Executive Council.
Goodwill messages were delivered by some major stakeholders in the health and education sectors including the State Chairman, National Union of Teachers, Comrade Francis Egwu.
Approximately 38,000 students comprising those in JSS 3 and SSS 3 from the total of 268 Secondary schools are expected to write the Junior and Senior Certificate Examinations in Ebonyi State.