The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has said principals and headteachers would be sanctioned if their schools were found to be unclean.
The FCTA acting Secretary of Education, Leramoh Abdulrazak, who led the Chairman of the FCTA Secondary Education Board, Alhaji Yahaya Musa, acting Director of FCT Universal Basic Education Board and other top officials of the secretariat on inspection visits to schools in the city yesterday urged the heads to adhere strictly to COVID-19 protocols.
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The team which visited Government Junior Secondary School (GJSS), Area 11, Garki; GSS Area 10, Garki; Regina Pacis College, Garki II; and Government Science and Technical College (GSTC), Area 3, Garki, expressed satisfaction with the observance of the COVID-19 measures.
After the visits, Malam Abdulrazak said, “From what we have seen and our interactions with students and teachers, we are satisfied that there is knowledge about COVID-19 and the safety protocols, and there is high level of compliance in the wearing of face mask, regular hand washing and maintaining social distance.
“It was also seen in the sitting arrangement whereby the capacities of the classes have been reduced to less than half in order to maintain social distance,” and stressed that “headteachers and principals are primary agents of compliance to the protocols.”
The acting secretary added that where there were gaps, the secretariat would call the attention of the school administrators, emphasising that “where we observe breach in some of the measures, the administrators will be sanctioned.”
He further said, “In highly populated schools, we have introduced a shift system. We have morning and afternoon sessions where half of the class will come in the morning and the other would come in the afternoon to ensure compliance.”
Abdulrazak added that the relevant departments and units in the SEB and UBEB would continue with routine inspection to ensure compliance in all schools.
The Principal of GSTC, Garki, Mr James Kuta, while speaking to journalists, assured that the school would observe religiously the non-pharmaceutical protocols, adding that his students had fabricated a hand washing machine as a demonstration of the school’s commitment to complying with the COVID-19 safety measures.