By Emeka Akomas, Umuahia
Abia State government has shared free personal protection equipment to primary and secondary children in the State, as teachings resume through the local government education authorities. The Commissioner for Education, Dr Kanaelechi Nwangwa while distributing the items which includes hand sanitizers, temperature monitors, face masks etc, in Umuahia noted that the items were purchased by his ministry, through the support of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.
Nwangwa adding that the safety of Abians, especially school kids were important to the Governor, which informed his decision to provide premium protection for the pupils and their teachers.
He noted that school classrooms have been well fumigated to ensure adequate safety from COVID-19 disease, promising that his ministry would monitor the use of the safety kits, while warning that there would be zero tolerance for compromise.
On the upcoming West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) examinations, he assured that Abia candidates were better positioned to do well than their peers from neighbouring States. According to him, the free live radio school program introduced by the Abia State government gave the advantage to Abia kids, disclosing that even students from neighbouring States who tuned-in to the daily live radio school program usually called-in to register their participation.
“I specifically commend Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for his interest in the safety of Abia kids and for approving radio school. This hah bridged the gap in learning during COVID-19 lockdown. This radio program also put the kids ahead of others from most other States. “This is because, we give assignment to the students in the middle of learning or after teaching. They in turn, solve the assignment and send in and I can tell you that they are very prepared for WAEC.”
He further explained that only public schools in the State would benefit from the free kits, as according to him, proprietors of private-owned schools decided to initiate their own safety measures.
Meanwhile, teaching has resumed in several government and private-owned schools in the State.