COVID-19: FG Begins Decontamination Of 19,000 Schools Nationwide
The Federal Government has begun decontamination of 19,000 unity schools across the country in preparation for the resumption of students.
The government had in March 2020 shut down schools due to the emergence of coronavirus in the country.
The Minister of Environment, Mohammed Mahmood Abubakar, speaking in Kaduna, said that the decontamination is in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education, Daily Trust reports.
He revealed that this will be done immediately after the Eid-el-Kabir break, adding that personnel will be mounting surveillance in some of the exam centers.
The environment minister stated that the disinfection will begin with Federal Government colleges and then schools that will host the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).
According to Abubakar, the ministries have put in place a sustainable system that will protect the health of learners and their caregivers at all educational levels.
While urging parents to ensure that their wards are properly kitted with face masks during the examination, the minister reassured them of the safety and well-being of the students.
He said: “Starting with the Federal Government Colleges (Unity schools) and then some of the schools that will host the Senior School Certificate Examination, numbering about 19,000, whereas the unity schools will be subjected to thorough decontamination/disinfection in the coming days immediately after the Eid-el-Kabir sallah break preparatory for their reopening on 4th August, 2020, our personnel will be mounting surveillance in some of the examination centers.
“This will include decontaminating examination halls at the end of every examination session.”
Abubakar went on to note that the decontamination and disinfection this time around will entail the use of globally accepted formulations, friendly to the environment and people.
The minister appealed to the state governments to make sure that schools are regularly decontaminated and disinfected by licensed environmental health officers.
Recall that as the second phase of eased lockdown ended on Monday, June 29, the Federal Government approved what it called “safe reopening” of schools nationwide in order to curtail further spread of COVID-19.