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It was excitement galore as final year students of Secondary Schools in Ogun State resumed academic activities after about four months of school closure due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
Schools in the state were reopened on Monday and commenced academic activities immediately in other to prepare the students for the West African Secondary Schools Certificate Examinatiuon (WASSCE).
The reopening was followed by the directive of the state government to ensure the students in the state participate in the external examination scheduled to commence on August 17.
When our correspondent visited some schools in Abeokuta South and Abeokuta North Local Government of the state, it was observed that most of the schools obeyed the directives of the state government and guidelines of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC).
The students and their teachers were sighted using nose masks while washing hand basins equipped with soap and water were placed at a strategic places in the school premises.
The students were not more than fifteen in each classrooms and they maintained physical social distancing while receiving lectures.
Some classes have also been converted to isolation centres for students who have symptoms of COVID-19.
Sources within some schools hinted that teachers will tutor their students based on shifting method and time table.
The Schools visited were; Abeokuta Grammar School, Idi-Aba , Abeokuta; Baptist Boys High School, Isaje; Abeokuta Girls Grammar School, Onikolobo, Abeokuta.
Others were MACJOB Grammar School, Onikolobo, Abeokuta; Ijemo Titun High School, Housing Ibara, Abeokuta; Comprehensive College, Lafenwa , Abeokuta; llugun High School, Elega, Abeokuta.
Speaking with our correspondent, the principal of Ijemo Titun High School, Lateef Adeboye said “We started by cleaning the compound, fumigated the entire school compound and we placed buckets of water, soaps and hand sanitisers at different places for the students to wash their hands from time to time.
“The health personnel were on ground and spoke to the students on what they have to do.
“No student will stay in school without face mask. Hand washing is also compulsory. We have directed them that mingling among themselves is not tolerated. With all these measures put in place, I think we can guarantee the students safety of their health”.
A student of Ijeun Titun High School, Taiwo Olarenwaju expressed excitement for resuming back to school after lockdown.
She said “When I first heard that we are going to resume back to school, I was happy and scared at the same time. I was happy in the sense that our teachers taught us during the time that we were at home. We had online classes and even the Ogun state organised classes for us on the television, the Ogun digital class which had prepared us for the WAEC examination.
“In the first instance we are eager to go back to school, according to Federal government directive. But as we are all aware, teachers will definitely face challenges as we are resuming in our various schools”.