OPINION: Are we really prepared ahead of school resumption in this COVID-19 pandemic period?
The Nigerian government last week gave an order for school administrators to communicate with parents and students for the full reopening of schools, following the COVID-19 induced lockdown.
Now we need to ask ourselves the following questions,
Are we really prepared for school resumption?
The safety protocols on ground, are they realistic?
The safety measures put in place by schools, are they realistic?
Let’s provide answer to the question. Although education is they key to success but still the success can be achieved and fully utilize when there is good and sound health.
We must ensure our children have a safe and secure environment in which to learn the knowledge and skills they need for the future. Without a safe environment, it will be very difficult for us to forge ahead. prioritising safety in schools for educators and learners would be an indication of the government’s commitment to protecting investments in the education sector and a validation of Nigeria’s endorsement of the Safe Schools Declaration.
As State Governments plan to reopen schools, there is need to build a resilient education system to withstand future shocks and pandemic response plans should be included.
The lives of our children are more precious than gold and silver, government, schools and parents should not relent in ensuring safety guidelines at all times.
As a parent, the ball is in our custody.
As a school, the ball is also in our custody.
As government, the ball is in our custody as well.
Education is key to success and only good health can make the success realistic.