COVID-19: Kwara Poly to rusticate students caught hugging

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To ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 guidelines, the management of Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, has threatened to rusticate students caught violating safety guidelines on campus.

The tertiary institutions through its COVID-19 technical committee listed fines and punishment for students and staff that violate the health safety guidelines while in the school premises.

Sanctions for students, who raise false alarm, failure to wear a face mask, non-observance of social distancing, handshake, hugging, kissing and stigmatisation of victims include rustication for one semester.

Members of staff that fail to wear a face mask or observe social distancing, or engage in handshaking, kissing and/or hugging could pay a fine of N1,000, a warning letter or public display of names of violators.

Also, stigmatisation of suspected victims and raising false alarm could attract forfeiture of one month salary and/or warning letter. The institution also put in place a ‘no face mask, no entry’ policy.

The institution stated that “as part of preparation for the resumption of school activities and prevention of further spreading of the virus in our campus, the technical committee on the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 Kwara State Polytechnic enjoins staff to observe the enabling health safety instructions of no face mask, no entry before entry at gate, offices, lecture rooms and other duty posts.”

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The state government had announced the resumption of tertiary institutions from 12th October, 2020.

The government urged school authorities to ensure that all safety protocols are adhered to, including physical distancing, use of face masks, and constant washing of hands with soap and water, in order to flatten the curve of transmission of the virus.

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