Imo State chapter of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) has expressed readiness to comply with COVID-19 protocols as schools in the state get set to resume.
Mr Theo Mbakwe, chairman of the Association, said at a news conference in Owerri on Monday.
Mbakwe said that all private schools in the state have already been appropriately fumigated as a pre-resusumption routine and infrared thermometers acquired in line with conditions for resumption by the state government.
He said that face masks, alcohol-based hand sanitizers and water buckets have also been provided for candidates of the upcoming West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) scheduled to begin Aug. 17.
According to him, NAPPS members in Imo have been instructed to cooperate with the government’s monitoring team to ascertain compliance with directives and monitor students so as to checkmate possible nonchalance toward established protocols.
” We are ready to resume and sit for WASSCE. Adequate physical distancing arrangements had been made in all 313 examination centres managed by private owners.
” We have also fumigated the centres as part of routine protocols which we follow before resumption of each academic term. I can assure that we are ready to re-open “, Mbakwe said.
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He, however, noted that it would be difficult for private schools to provide boarding accommodation for all the candidates within the short time left before examinations begin.
”Providing boarding accommodation for all candidates before the examinations starts will be difficult.
”But we have adequate arrangements for medical supplies and presence of health personnel at various centres,” he said.
The NAPPS chairman warned that the association would not tolerate any form of extortion from the state monitoring team.
He urged its members to beware of those who may be inclined to do so.
He also urged members of the state’s monitoring team to eschew greed for dishonest gain and embrace patriotism in the discharge of their duties.