Prior to the resumption of schools in Oyo state, the State Universal Basic Education Board has just completed training 2,454 school principals in the state on Covid-19 prevention measures.
The training, held in all education zones in the state, began on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 and ended on Thursday, September 10, 2020.
During the event, the Executive Chairman of the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran, given the World Health Organization claim that Covid-19 could possibly be with us for a while.
“The board, in partnership with the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), has begun capacity building for all primary school teachers as directed by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control,” he said.
He added that the training complements efforts by the Oyo state government to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He noted that the state government had previously organized and financed the training of school administrators on COVID-19 prevention measures for primary and secondary school teachers.
Adeniran went on to state that the state government’s zeal is to prepare school principals for the safe and smooth reopening of schools and learning facilities, taking into account the health, safety, environmental protection and safety of learners, teachers, educational staff and families.
He urged the trainers to follow the procedures, measures and recommendations established by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control and the Oyo State Emergency Operation Center.
He commended Governor Seyi Makinde, whose quality leadership and focus in containing Covid-19 in Oyo state has helped executives at all levels in Nigeria adapt and adopt solid strategies and strategies that have so far been used to combat the pandemic in Oyo state .
Adeniran thanked UBEC for its cooperation and support of the state government.
He also said the state government had proactively aligned some of its strategies and measures with the federal government, international agencies and MDAs to prevent the disease from escalating in the school environment and across the population.
Adeniran added that proactive steps by the Board of Directors through its learning-on-air programs could cushion the devastating effects of Covid-19, also known as SARS-COV-2, on students and the elementary school sector.
The six main topics of the training, organized by the Oyo State Emergency Operations Center, focused on managing schools and ensuring safety during lockdown after COVID. the concept and practice of social distancing and its implications; Promote personal hygiene, environmental hygiene and cough etiquette as protection against COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases.
Other topics include observing other preventive measures against COVID-19 using a face mask; Dealing with the psychological effects of pandemic and lockdown on learners and helping them overcome trauma and adapt to the reality of the disease; and identifying and responding to learners showing signs of illness.
The training was attended by representatives from UBEC, the Nigeria Union of Teachers and the Association of Primary School Headteachers of Nigeria.
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