Ahead of schools’ resumption in Oyo State, the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has trained 2,454 head teachers on COVID-19 preventive measures.
The training which was held across all the educational zones in the state, started on Tuesday, September 8 and ended on Thursday, September 10, 2020.
Speaking at the event, the Executive Chairman, Oyo SUBEB, Dr. Nureni Adeniran, said in view of World Health Organisation’s submission that COVID-19 might be with us for a while, the Board in collaboration with Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) have begun capacity building of all teachers at primary school level as directed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
He added that the training is complementing Oyo State Government’s efforts in containing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, noting that the state government had earlier organised and funded training of School Administrators on COVID-19 preventive measures for both primary and secondary school teachers.
Adeniran further said that the state government’s zeal is to prepare headteachers for a safe and hitch-free reopening of schools and learning facilities, while it takes into consideration the health, safety, environmental protection and security of learners, teachers, education personnel and families.
He urged facilitators at the training to follow stipulated measures, actions and recommendations put in place by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Oyo State Emergency Operation Centre.
While commending Governor Seyi Makinde for the quality leadership and direction deployed in containing COVID-19 in Oyo State, he also thanked UBEC for its collaborations and supports to the state government.
Adeniran also said that the state government proactively aligned some of its policies and actions along with the Federal Government, International Agencies, MDAs, so as to prevent the escalation of the disease within school environment and the entire populace.
The SUBEB boss added that proactive steps of the Board, through its Learning-on-Air programmes cushioned the devastating impact of pandemic might have had on pupils and the primary education sector.
The training was organised by Oyo State Emergency Operation Centre and it focused on managing schools and ensuring safety in the post-COVID-19 lockdown; the concept and practice of social distancing and its implications; promoting personal, environmental hygiene and cough etiquette as safeguard against COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases.
The headteachers were also trained on observing other preventive measures against COVID-19 with the use of face-mask; dealing with the psychological effects of pandemic and lockdown on learner and helping them to overcome the trauma and adjust to the realities of the disease; and identifying and responding to learners showing signs of illness.
The training was witnessed by representatives of UBEC, Nigeria Union of Teachers and Association of Primary School Headteachers of Nigeria.