Osun State Government, on Thursday, has said that public schools in the state would return to their previous uniforms before the introduction of common uniform by former governor Rauf Aregbesola at the commencement of new academic session.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr Jamiu Olawumi, said new academic session would begin on November 9, 2020, adding that pupils will now return to their previous uniforms.
Olawumi said, “Reversal of the schools names will take place immediately, while the reversal to the old uniforms will commence on November 9, which is the start of the new academic session.”
Commenting on the preparation for the reopening of schools, Olawumi said measures that would prevent spread of COVID-19 pandemic had been put in place.
He continued, “We want to assure all stakeholders in the state’s education sector that the administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has put everything in place to ensure that our pupils are safe in schools.”
In similar vein, the Federal Government says state governments and school administrators should start making preparations for the full reopening of schools in the country.
Speaking on Thursday, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, during a briefing at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, said the task force recommends phased return of students to classrooms.
Aliyu said, “For educational institutions which include daycare, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. Educational institutions should begin the process of working towards potentially reopening within this phase.
“However, we strongly recommend that states conduct risk assessment to ensure all schools are at a level of compliance and create a monitoring mechanism to assess, create, and monitor this level of preparedness.
“Meanwhile, all daycares and educational institutions are to remain closed to in-classes until this level of risk is assessed. And if there will be opening of schools, it must be staged and preferably carried out in phases to ensure that this does not pose a risk to the general public and in particular to vulnerable groups that might end up getting infected by students going back home.”