School Resumption Time Table in Enugu Harsh—Group

School Resumption

By Okechukwu Keshi Ukegbu

A group known as the International Solidarity for Peace and Human Rights Initiative has strongly condemned the time table surrounding the resumption of schools in Enugu.

The group described the time table as harsh because it did not capture the interest of parents who are receiving the backlash of inconsistencies in the time table.

In a letter to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, endorsed Osmond Ugwu and Jerry Chukwuokolo, President and Secretary of the group respectively, the organisation alleged that part of the stakeholders that had influential involvement in the resumption of schools process were representatives from the private school sector.

“We appreciate the concern of the government that the children do not lose the entire session to COVID-19 pandemic. We wish to, however, point out some shortcomings of this programme and timetable,” a part of the letter read.

It was also noted that the shortness of the resumption notice to parents smacks of laxity or insensitivity on the part of the government actors in that regard.

However, the group recommended the phased process of classes in all the primary and secondary schools in the state pending the construction of new classroom blocks for effective and permanent maintenance of physical distancing.

It also recommended that the government provides face masks and hand sanitizers for six months to contain the spread of the disease.

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