The Anambra State Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers has expressed its readiness for schools’ resumption on September 22, on the condition that government provided Ebola screening devices in schools.
Ifeanyi Ofodile, State Chairman of the union gave the condition on Saturday after a meeting. Ofodile, however, said the devices, including Ebola infrared thermometer kits must be made available to the schools within the week of resumption.
“Having assessed the Ebola Virus Disease situation in the state, the union is not in any way against President Goodluck Jonathan’s wish that schools should resume on Monday. We will work with the various governments on the condition that students are not lured into their doom by not providing the needed materials,” he said.
Ofodile commended Willie Obiano, Anambra State governor, for setting up a rapid response team as well as ensuring the training of 1,043 teachers selected from all the schools in the state on Ebola prevention and control.
Also speaking, Geoffrey Ajiba, state President of All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools, expressed the readiness of the members to commence academic activities on September 22.
“We were told that by September 22, schools should resume, we have been told what to do with little things like frequent hand washing. We pray that the government will keep to their promise because the lives of the children are at stake,” he said.
Ikenna Achukwu, the State Chairman, Association of Primary School Head Teachers of Nigeria, said that some public schools had not been provided with borehole or water reservoirs.
He advised parents to train their children on proper hygiene and also assist in providing some of the materials such as wash hand basins, hand sanitizers and towels.
“We will resume schools on September 22 with the hope that government will play its part,” he said.
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