Some parents in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja have expressed their worries over their children and/or wards contracting the corona virus due to their alleged unprofessional handling of the guideslines in many schools as the second wave of the pandemic continues to ravage while schools remain in session across Nigeria.
It was gathered that while some schools were strict in implementing the protocols, others exhibited reluctance.
While parents are heaping the blames entirely on the teachers and school owner, some of the teachers were of the declared that the fault was not to be placed entirely on school managements as some parents do not care about the COVID-19 protocols.
Speaking further on this a teacher, who would not to be mentioned narrated his experience with some parents.
“Some parents don’t care. One even fought our gateman over face mask, and the management cannot do anything because parents pay the bills. Most of them bring their children and wards to school without a face mask, and one wonders why the security operatives will allow them to drive through the city centre without protective gears”, he said.
It was also observed that though some schools have in place the prescribed items to check against contracting the virus, many parents and their children paid deaf ears to observing the rules. Many of them it was gathered cared less about washing their hands, being checked with the thermometer, wearing mask, etc.
A parent decried the inability of a school to properly monitor the visitors register and to provide at least saniterzers for visiting parents to help protect them against incidences of any occurences.
Some parents touch their fingers with their saliva to open pages of the register, which is shared by all visiting parents and guardians.it.
However, it is a different story for some schools, as the situation in Government Day Secondary School, Dutse Alhaji, is a positive one, the school observes most of the protocols.
Nevertheless, social distancing remains a major threat to safety in the school as the population does not create room for reasonable distancing.
Most schools in Bwari were equipped with hand sanitizers, with workers and students wearing face masks. However, social distancing in remained an issue just like in most other places.
Parents and guarduians lamenting the poor protocols in some of the schools, could not hide their fears as they decided to leave their fate God’s hand, btrusting that only God can protect their children.
Anthony Ogunloye, the Chief Press Secretary to the FCT Minister, was not available to comment on the recent development when contacted.
It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari on January 27, signed an executive order, making wearing of face masks in public compulsory in the country as a means to curtail the spread of the dreaded virus.
And the Presidency had earlier, warned Nigerians to cooperate with the orders or face fresh nationwide lockdown.