Recall the Federal Government had last week given permission to state governments to begin preparations to reopen schools within their jurisdiction.
Ogun and Anambra states have already set the ball rolling with schools expected to resume on September 21 in Ogun for three hours daily, while Lagos will resume 14th.
But, with the silence from the Rivers State Government, some Proprietors and Teachers who spoke to our correspondent said, its giving them a cause for concern.
A cross section of proprietors said it’s been difficult to pay salaries since schools were shutdown.
They said they have began to prepare in anticipation of when the resumption date will be disclosed in Rivers State.
While speaking to City News, a private school owner, Mrs. Vivian Ogbekene said that her school, Alvin Montessori and High School is adequately prepared for the various protocols that resumption will entail.
She said the religious observance of the Covid-19 protocols by private schools is an indication that they are ready for full schools resumption.
“The government already gave us permission for the Junior and Senior Students in exit classes to write their exams and all the protocols we were asked to observe to ensure the safety of the students were followed. We have sanitizers in place, decontamination machines and even our sickbay is well equipped to take care of any ailing student.”
She added that;
“We also have measures to maintain social distancing among the students in their classes. We also have banners in place, giving the students strict instructions on the Covid-19 safety measures.”
Mrs. Vivian further stressed that;
“The Ministry of Education sent their representatives to the school to inspect and ensure that we are following the correct guidelines. So, I can say that we are very much prepared for resumption, pending when the date is announced.”
A teacher, Mrs. Ene said that the prospect of schools resuming will make her very happy as she has been at home for more than 5 months without any source of income. She said the situation has affected her badly.
“I will be very happy if schools resume soon because being at home for over 5 months has not given me joy. I love my job and I love teaching these children. Also, I will be able to receive my salary because these past few months have not been very easy. So, I will be very happy when schools resume. There has been a lot of burden on my husband”.
Meanwhile, Tthe Rivers State Ministry of Education is yet to respond on government’s position on school reopening in the state as at the time of filing this report.