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Public Schools Don’t Have Capacity To Observe COVID-19 Protocols – Lawmaker

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Hon Awaji-Inombek Abiante, a member of the House Committee on Basic Education, said that public schools do not have the capacity to comply with the COVID-19 protocols developed by the Presidential Task Force to prevent the spread of the disease.

During Channels Television’s Sunrise Regular Show, the lawmaker made his opinions known on Monday.

“Our concern was that no one has done anything sustainable in relation to providing the very basic means of complying with the government’s protocols, particularly with public schools,” he said.

His announcement comes after the reopening for the 2020/2021 academic session of schools across the federation.

The Federal Government had on January 14, insisted that the January 18 resumption date for schools in the country remains intact despite fears over the surge in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria.

Although the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Education directed that all schools and parents must ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols such as wearing of face masks, social distancing among others.

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The ministry said that these measures which are to ensure the safe reopening of schools for academic activities will be subject to constant review, thereby urging teachers, school administrators, and other stakeholders to ensure strict compliance.

The lawmaker, however, expressed concerns over the adherence level in public schools.

“There are schools in this country where the pupils sleep under trees, the challenge of accommodation is very huge in these schools.

“What has the government done between the first wave of the COVID-19 and the second wave?” He asked.

“We have no data suggesting and submitting that majority of the schools have the capacity and the willingness to ensure that the COVID-19 protocols are kept”.

Hon. Abiante called on the Federal Government to provide information that shows its readiness for schools to reopen

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