By Magnus Emuji
In a bid to ensure adequate safety of school children from contracting the coronavirus, a total of 5,697 teachers from both public and private schools across the 25 local government areas of Delta State have been trained on COVID-19 protocols in the schools.
The training, which was organised by the Delta State Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, in collaboration with Ministry of Health, was aimed at ensuring that those teachers trained would in turn train others in their various schools.
At the venue of the training St. Patrick’s College, Asaba, yesterday, the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah, said that the Okowa Ifeanyi- led administration was irrevocably committed to safeguarding the health of residents, especially teachers and school children in the state.
Chief Ukah, who stated that the visit was informed by the need to encourage the teachers and to ascertain their level of commitment and participation in the training, said that the state government would provide critical measures to avert the spread of the coronavirus in the wake of schools’ resumption.
He reiterated that government would supply items such as hand sanitizers and face masks needed for curtailing the virus in learning environment, adding that sickbays would be provided for schools where non was available.
While disclosing that washing buckets would be provided for each school and placed in strategic locations within the school premises, Chief Ukah noted that liquid soap would be given to each of the schools, just as he said that tanks of water would be supplied to schools that had no boreholes/water.
Chief Ukah further maintained that infrared thermometers would be given to schools for temperature screening, emphasising that teachers must always ensure that appropriate safety measures were adhered to at all times, even as he said that free toll lines would be provided and urged teachers and students not to panic.
The two-day training programme is taking place in three centres with large halls in each of the 25 local governments of the state to ensure that social distance is maintained.
Recall that students in exiting classes would resume on August 4, across the nation as directed by the Federal Ministry of Education.