Following the approval for the reopening of schools for exit classes in the country by the Federal Government, the Nasarawa State government yesterday said it was working towards provision of isolation facilities before schools in the state reopen.

This was even as the state government said it was coming up with referral protocols in schools if there be any suspected case of the pandemic.

The state Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Fati Sabo, disclosed this while briefing journalists in Lafia, the state capital, on the preparedness of the state for the reopening of schools as directed by the Federal Government.


The Education Commissioner also said that the state was working towards providing Personal Protection Equipment, PPE, to ensure that teachers and students are adequately safe, as well as ensuring that schools abide by the social distancing protocol of the COVID-19.

She said, “We are expected to provide for the safe reopening of schools by decontamination through fumigation of schools before the schools are reopened.

“We are also training staff and students on COVID-19 protocols and on what they could do should they find any suspected case of the pandemic within the school environment.”

Hajiya Sabo further disclosed that the state has a little over 26,000 students sitting for the West Africa Examination Council examination in 521 centres spread across public and private schools in the state; adding that the state government was working closely with the private schools to ensure that they provide necessary facilities to ensure safety of both staff and students and those conducting the examination.

When asked whether the state government was extending its provision of safety measures to private schools in the state, Hajiya Fati said, “They are providing the facilities themselves. I am not sure whether government has the capacity to provide such to them.”


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