Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has said the state is fumigating schools in preparation for the resumption of graduating students in Senior and Junior Secondary classes.
Emmanuel, who noted that the government had also procured hand sanitisers and face masks for students, said: “What we have cannot go round all the schools. That is why we say parents must have that as a part of school uniform. Every child must come to school with a face mask, and if he does not have one, we will not allow that child resume classes.”
He said that it was necessary for the Senior and Junior Secondary 3 students to resume classes after about four months at home to refresh their memories before the examination dates.
Speaking recently in Uyo, Emmanuel said it was necessary for parents to provide that personal protective equipment for their children to complement the ones the government was providing.
“We cannot continue to keep our students and our pupils at home indefinitely. So we are building up a test mechanism so that very soon, we will announce the date. We are trying to defrock all the schools before we announce the resumption date.
Those examinations are not controlled by the state government, and we want to be more competitive. If we have a very low pass mark, it will work against the state, so we are wrapping up to make sure we don’t go below 80 percent pass rate in these external exams,” he added.