By Emeka AKomas, Umuahia
Abia State government has vowed to clamp down on schools and sanction the administrative heads/teachers of such schools that do not take COVID-19 guidelines very seriously.
Besides, the government also warned that it will not hesitate to review and revoke the agreement it entered into with some of the churches that it handed over some schools, if they continued to fall short of expectations.
Similarly, the State Commissioner for Education, Dr. Kanelechi Nwangwa gave the warning shortly after he toured round schools (both public and private) in Umuahia, to ascertain the level of COVID-19 compliance by Abia schools, as the students/pupils sit for the external examinations.
Nwangwa notice reads, “some of the churches that asked us to return schools to them are not living up to expectations and that is very bad. Before you ask government to return a school to you, you should be ready to run that school; we will go back and review the handover of some of the schools handed over to Churches and any one of them found wanting will have to be revoked.”
He wondered why some of the schools in the state see COVID-19 pandemic as child’s play and cautioned against such deviant behaviour.
“All school heads both public and private should make sure that they go through the COVID-19 guidelines again, because we will start being very strict and any school we visit and discover that they are not taking the guidelines very seriously, will be shut down; and all the teachers and heads of such schools will be sanctioned.
“We cannot be talking about this COVID-19 and people will be playing over it. All the protocols must be clearly and very strictly observed in all the schools,” Nwangwa said.
He lauded some of the schools visited with his team for complying very effectively with the protocols and expressed optimism that those who have not, would learn from all the instructions given to them and turn a new leaf. Schools visited in Umuahia South L.G.A include: Holy Ghost Secondary School, Apex Schools, Olokoro Girls Secondary School, Santa Cruz Secondary School, Caray College and JOMEG schools in Umuahia North L.G.A.