By Yakubu Salisu, Kano
Centre for Information Technology (CITAD) has decried what it describe poor compliance of Covid 19 protocols in Kano State Secondary Schools thereby exposing students, teachers and other staffs to the risk of contacting the deadly virus.
The Kano Based Non Governmental Organization made this known on Monday during a press conference to make public itâ€™s findings after the Centre with the support of MacArthur Foundation and International Institute of Education conducted a survey to assess the compliance of Covid 19 safety protocols in secondary schools in the State as prescribed by the State Task Force Committee on Covid-19.
According to the Coordinator, Covid-19 Project, CITAD, Ali Sabo, the survey which was carried out in 60 Secondary Schools in the State the Centre found out that there is little observance of social distancing in classrooms, dormitories, sporting arenas and dining halls, while hand sanitizers are only being provided at the gates of the schools but the use of the sanitizers is minimal in other areas of the schools.
Other findings include; failure on the part of teachers to observe social distancing and wearing of face masks, inadequate thermometers for temperature checks, poor or no mechanisms in place by the state government to ensure compliance with the directed protocols in schools.
Furthermore, that schools are poorly financed to provide adequate hand sanitizers and face masks for students and staff on daily basis, insufficient public awareness and sensitization programs in many of the schools and among the students, which still leads to doubt about the reality of Covid-19 amongst the students and teachers.
Sabo said that, their findings indicated that conditions are basis uniform across different types of schools and across different zones of the State that it would appear that the non-compliance with key aspects of the protocols is largely due to the inability of either schools or the students to provide for themselves on protection means such as face masks and hand sanitizers.
The Coordinator explained that based on their findings the Centre call on the State Government to ensure the prompt implementation of the following recommendations in order to safeguard the lives of both students and their teachers; that the state government should provide more structures to minimize congestion in class rooms and hostels, adequate protective materials should be provided.
School authorities should ensure the enforcement of all Covid-19 protocols in their schools by setting up a Covid-19 Task Force Committee in their Schools and there should be regular disinfection of classes, staff rooms, dinning halls and studentsâ€™ hostels.
Other recommendations include; sustained sensitization to reach all the schools in the State, the State Ministry should establish a mechanism that will go to schools to observe compliance with the protocols.
Speaking further, Ali stated that the Centre finds it difficult to understand the rationale behind the State Governmentâ€™s decision to keep it civil servants below grade level 12 at home and ask students to resume school where by should a child be infected, such a child is capable of infecting an entire family.
He said CITAD is following with keen interest development in the State Secondary Schools as regards the Covid-19 and would suggest a closure should the situation warrant that because an infected child could infected not just only his or her family alone but a whole lots of other persons.