Oyo State Government, through the State Universal Basic Education has concluded the training process of not less than 2, 454 Head Teachers in the state over the prevention of Covid-19 preventive measures ahead of school resumption.
According to the press release by Dr. Adenira media officer, Micheal Ogunsina, stated that the training session which was held across all Educational zones in the State, started on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, and ended on Thursday, September 10, 2020.
Dr. Nureni Adeniran, the Executive Chairman of Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, in his address at the activities marking the closure of the training said in view of the World Health Organisation’s submission that Covid-19 might be with us for a while, the Board in collaboration with UniversalBasic Education Commission (UBEC) have begun the capacity building of all teachers at Primary school level as directed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
Dr. Nureni also stated that the training is complementing the Oyo State Government’s efforts in containing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that the State Government had earlier organized and funded training of School Administrators on COVID-19 preventive measures for both Primary and Secondary school teachers.
Recall, that the pandemic hit the Country, since March 2020, which gave birth to the total closure of schools since then.
The training session which had in attendance the representatives of UBEC, Nigeria Union of Teachers, and Association of Primary School Headteachers of Nigeria.
According to Adeniran who said that the State Government’s zeal is to prepare Headteachers for a safe and hitch-free reopening of schools and earning facilities, while it takes into consideration the health, safety, environmental protection, and security of learners, teachers, education personnel, and families.
Dr. Adenira commended Governor Seyi Makinde, whose quality leadership and direction deployed into containing Covid-19 in Oyo State, has helped leaders at all levels in Nigeria to adapt and adopt sound policies and Strategies so far used in fighting the pandemic in Oyo State, he also thanked UBEC for its collaborations and supports to the State Government.
He also stated 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 the school environment and the entire populace.
The six major topics that were treated at the training, organized by Oyo State EmergencyOperation Centre focused on managing schools and ensuring safety in the post-COVID 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 training, which also features other topics such as, observing other preventive measures against COVID-19 with the use of face-mask; dealing with the psychological effects of pandemic and lockdown on the 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.
Dr. Adeniran stressed that the proactive steps of the Board, through its Learning-on-air programs cushioned the devastating impact of Covid-19 otherwise known as SARS-COV-2 might have had on pupils and the Primary education sector.