The Kaduna State Government has advised teachers in the state to reduce their movements within their various communities in order to prevent the spread of covid-19 in schools.
The State Commissioner for Education, Dr. Shehu Muhammad Makarfi, gave the advice while inspecting the level of preparedness by the schools for the forthcoming West African Examination Council (WAEC) Exams in compliance to covid-19 protocol.
The Commissioner encouraged the teachers to view such reduction of movement as a sacrifice they have to make when handling the students especially as the exit students have resumed school in preparation for WAEC commencing next week.
“As teachers, you have to reduce your movements in the community. Currently there is what we call the community spread. What community spread means is that the disease goes into the community silently without individuals knowing, and because of the community spread stop mingling too much with the neighbours of the community and this is truly important.
“If you must do anything, go and do it alone and move out. Why because you can go and become an asymptomatic agent. You can be a carrier of the disease and you do not know you are carrying it. There are patients like that, they are carriers without knowing they are infected since there may be no physical symptoms, but they have the tendency of transferring it to another person or persons.
“When such a patient is a teacher who moves about in the class to teach and transmit it to a student, and when they go back home what happens is that they distribute it to the community,” he said.
The Commissioner who addressed the SS3 students who have resumed, encouraged the students to get multiple facemasks to avoid autoinfection, and added that they should avoid talking too much in order to reduce the droplets that come out of the mouth.
Speaking on the disposable facemask, the Commissioner explains: “When I say disposable facemask, it means after using you throw it away. It is only used for a day. What happens we say we have used it the previous day and still want to use it today? The Implication is that all the particles I’m breathing in and out is still in the nose mask, as such you will be having an autoinfection. That is self-infection.
According to the Commissioner, the students should not be changing their seats everyday they come to school. Every student should have a permanent seat and should not be shared by anyone.
Among measures to be taken by the school authority, the Commissioner mentioned Keeping distance in the sitting arrangement, and ensuring that someone is in charge of that, either in the class or in the hall.
He said If the classes cannot take all the students, school authorities should make another arrangement and sanitize the students.
On the issue of locally made facemasks he advised that they are to be bought in neat form and avoid buying dirty ones, because may be buying infected material. “Do not buy if you observe that it’s been used.”
He further reiterated that “Principals should take note that anyone having any symptoms should not be forced to come to work and such a person should report to the nearest hospital.
The inspection team from the State Ministry of Education visited Government Girls Science Secondary School, Kongo, in Zaria, GGSS Dogon Bauchi, Government Commercial College, and GGSS Samaru, among others.