Ondo shuts two schools for violating COVID-19 guidelines

Rotimi Akeredolu, Ondo State governor

The Ondo State Government has ordered the immediate closure of two secondary schools for violating the COVID-19 guidelines for the safe reopening of schools.

The state had reopened schools for students in SS 3 to prepare for the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE), scheduled to commence on 17th August.

Schools were required to provide running water, hand washing points, and a device for checking the temperature of students, staff and visitors before entering the school premises.

However, the Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Akin Asaniyan, said in Akure, the state capital that two schools defied the COVID-19 protocols.

He identified the schools as CAC Grammar School, Ondo road, Akure; and Akure Academy, Oba- Ile in Akure North local government area of the state.

Asaniyan said students in the affected schools were seen roaming the streets, clearing bushes, and staying in an unclean environment.

He said the schools showed no sign of preparation for the resumption of academic activities, adding that they will remain closed until improvement is made.

“There is no single preparation and the schools will remain sealed until basic things are put in place,” he said.

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“This issue of COVID -19 is an unusual and strange trend and very dangerous issue which needed prompt attention because it involves lives.”

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