Osun State Govt. Condemns Private Schools neglecting Lockdown – – The Osun State Ministry of Education has condemned private schools that have been finding various means of neglecting the lockdown in the state, especially face-to-face teaching, otherwise known as direct learning.
According to a press statement authoried by Festus Olajide, the Osun state Permanent Secretary, Ministry of
Education, “some private schools have been using various guise to direct learners to resume learning in their schools.”
Mr. Olajide believes that such efforts by these bodies “is a sabotage of the efforts of the State Government at fighting the spread of the corona virus pandemic in the State.”
He therefore promised that “Any private school which reopens during this emergency period shall have its Operational License revoked with immediate effect; and it’s authorities shall be handed over to the State Government of Osun for prosecution as appropriate.”
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It has come to the notice of the State Government of Osun that Heads of some private schools have been using various guise to direct learners to resume learning in their schools.
2. Such action is inimical to the health of the children and Public Health in general. Besides, such directive is a sabotage of the efforts of the State Government at fighting the spread of the corona virus pandemic in the State.
3. It should be noted for emphasis that the partial lockdown as explained by the Governor does not cover reopening of schools. The ban on Educational gatherings remains in force.
4. Any private school which reopens during this emergency period shall have its Operational License revoked with immediate effect; and it’s authorities shall be handed over to the State Government of Osun for prosecution as appropriate.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education.
Meanwhile, the Osun State Government on Saturday confirmed the release of four coronavirus patients after testing negative twice in line with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) protocol.
This is as the state lost a patient in her late 60s to the cold hands of death.
A statement issued by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu disclosed that the index case was discharged thirty-eight days after he was taken into the health facility for treatment.
He had arrived Osun from the United Kingdom and was admitted after testing positive for coronavirus.
He has been receiving adequate medical care until his full recovery on Friday.
Similarly, three health workers in the State who tested positive for Coronavirus, have also tested negative for the second time and are now free of the virus.
Isamotu recalled that the health workers had last Wednesday, tested negative for COVID-19 but had to be subjected to the second round of test, in line with the protocol of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.
He revealed that the State government received results of the index case and those of the health workers’ second test on Friday evening from the NCDC accredited Testing Centre, the African Centre of Excellence in Genomics of Infectious Diseases, Ede.
“With the development, the total number of active cases in the State is now eight,” Isamotu disclosed.