Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has cautioned Principals of public secondary schools in the state to strictly apply the stipulated COVID-19 protocols in their schools as the virus continues to cause deaths across the globe.
The Basic and Secondary Education Commissioner, who spoke during interactive meetings with Principals from different LGA of the state, said that it is was compulsory for them to continuously tell their teachers and students that the pandemic is real.
He re-emphasized the use of temperature gauge at the points of entry into schools, hand washing compulsory use of facemasks and adequate social distance among the teachers and students. He asked Principals and teachers to lead by example by complying with the covid-19 protocols so that their students can emulate them.
Mr. Ukah expressed worry over teaching and learning hours that have been lost as a result of the effects of the pandemic and called on them to evolve strategies peculiar to their school situations to ensure that enough teaching and learning hours are available for academic activities.
The Director of Schools in the Ministry, Mrs. Clementina Ojumah, in her opening remarks during the meetings, enjoined them to put the interest of the students at heart at all times, and to be diligent in the discharge of their duties by obeying rules and regulations guiding their activities.
Those from Warri North, Sapele and Ethiope West were addressed at Chude Girls’ Secondary School, Sapele, Esenaebe College, Bomadi, while those from Patani, Bomadi and Burutu met at Esenaebe College, Bomadi. Government College, Ughelli, was venue for Principals from Ughelli North, Ughelli South and Udu local government areas, while those from Isoko South and Isoko North met at St. Michaels’ College, Oleh.