As primary schools in Ekiti State resume for academic activities after the closure of schools in March as a result of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chairman of the Ekiti State Universal Basic Education Board, Prof. Femi Akinwumi has charged primary school teachers in the state to rededicate themselves to their duties and adhere strictly to the guidelines issue by Government to curb the spread of the deadly virus in schools and other public places.
The SUBEB Chairman, in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday in Ado-Ekiti, urged teachers to work assidously towards accomplishing the task of ensuring their safety and that of their pupils adding that they must also ensure proper preparation of the pupils for the forthcoming common enterance and placement examinations.
Akinwumi said the two major tasks were achievable if teachers remained diligent , commited and focused in the discharge of their duties.
He pledged the commitment of the Fayemi Adminstration towards providing a condusive teaching and learning environment in schools as well as ensuring adequate training and retraining for teachers in the state public schools.
He said now that all public primary schools in the state had been provided with spray pumps and herbicides, there was no excuse for school environment to be overgrown by weeds
Akinwumi who urged teachers to protect the new facilities being provided by government in their respective schools, stated that the new method of rigourous and continuous school inspection recommended by the Universal Basic Educational Commission (UBEC) Quality Assurance would come into full effect in the state this term.
Specifically, the governor said students in SSS II, JSS III and Primary 6 are to resume on September 21, while students in SSS I, JSS II and Primary 5 and 4 are to resume from September 28.
He added that students in JSS I and Primary 1-3 are to resume on October 19, while pupils in Kindergarten and Nursery Schools are expected to resume on November 2, when more assurances of safety for their age bracket would have been established.