By Abbas Yushau Yusuf
The centre for information technology and development CITAD has decried poor financing for schools in Kano to provide sanitizers and facemasks for students across the schools for observance of covid -19 protocols.
The senior communication officer CITAD Ali Sabo stated this while addressing journalists at the centre in Kano
According to Ali Sabo there is also poor mechanisms put in place by government to ensure compliance with the directed protocols in schools.
According to him there have not been sufficient public awareness and sensitization programmes in many of the schools and among the students, and casting of doubt about the reality of COVID 19. The CITAD said its findings have indicated that conditions are uniform across different types of schools and across different zones of the state.
He said the screening of visitors is done at the gate, especially in boarding schools, however within the schools they can go about their business without Face masks or use of hand sanitizers‘’ 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’’
CITAD further call on the Kano State Government to ensure the prompt implementation of its recommendations in order to safeguard the lives of both students and their teachers:
They called on the state government to provide more structures in schools to minimize congestion in the class rooms and hostels CITAD further urges Kano State government to provide adequate protective materials such as hand sanitizers, Face masks, thermometers and disinfection materials. This can be done through mass purchase and distribution of these to the schools, Ali Sabo added that More sensitization to the teachers and students on the importance of observing Covid-19 protocols should be introduced.
They further called on School authorities to ensure the enforcement of all Covid-19 protocols in their schools by setting a Covid-19 Task Force Committee in their schools and regular disinfection of classes, staff rooms, dining halls and students’ hostels.