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Namibia to suspend primary, secondary education for 28 days

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Namibia to suspend primary, secondary education for 28 days

Namibian President Hage Geingob on Friday announced the suspension of primary and secondary education from August 1 to 28 except for grade 10 and 12 who are studying for exams.


Geingob said his government took the decision to consolidate the measures that have been put in place to combat the COVID-19 pandemic following the spike the number of cases.

The Namibian President also kept the coastal Erongo region under stage level three because of increasing numbers.

“We are taking the decisions to sustain our fight against COVID-19 and also to make sure that we continue to fight the pandemic as well as sustain economy coming from a difficult period,” Geingob said.

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WAEC: KDSG directs schools to open Aug. 10

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The Kaduna State Government has directed secondary schools to open from Aug. 10 to enable SSS 3 students write their Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE).


The state Commissioner for Education, Dr Shehu Makarfi, said in a statement in Kaduna on Monday, that the directive was in compliance with the Federal Ministry of Education resolution for schools to open on Aug. 4.

This, according to Makarfi, is to enable final year students to write their West African Examination Council (WAEC), National Examination Council (NECO) and other certificate examinations.

“Gov. Nasir El-Rufa’i has approved Monday, Aug.10 as the resumption date for the SSS 3 students that are expected to begin their WAEC examination slated for Aug. 17.

“Therefore, the Ministry of Education is directing all school principals to arrange to receive SSS 3 boarding students on Aug. 9 and day students on Aug. 10.

“All administrators of public and private schools are to note that the one-week period commencing from today is to allow for necessary preparations and arrangements to meet COVID-19 guidelines for the opening of schools.

“Principals are to ensure compliance to agreed guidelines, which include reduced hours of work/revision to four hours per shift, social distancing in classes, laboratories, libraries and hostels,’’ he said.

He added that there should also be consistency in temperature monitoring and handing over of any suspected case of COVID-19 to health authorities.

He warned that no school should open before Aug. 10, except for boarding schools, where students are expected to arrive on Aug. 9.

The commissioner further directed private secondary schools in the state to report their readiness to open to the schools’ Quality Assurance Authority.

He said that private schools should report, using the appropriate checklist and obtain a written ‘no objection to open’, on clean bill of health.

He also asked that head of higher institutions and principals of secondary schools should report to the relevant department in the ministry.

He called on parents to ensure proper arrangement for safe transportation of their children to and from schools.

“To make the environment safe and conducive for academic activity, the government is doing everything possible to decontaminate and disinfect public schools, including higher institutions and provide hand washing facilities.

“We will also arrange for temperature monitoring of both staff and students, provision of face masks to staff and students, as well as hand sanitisers.

“However, parents are advised to equip their children with extra face masks and small 100ml hand sanitisers for use during their transportation to and from schools,’’ he added.

Makarfi said that appropriate dates for other examinations would be announced in due course, including school opening for the rest of the classes including SSS1, SSS2, JSS 1 to 3 and primary schools.

He encouraged schools to continue the e-learning programme using Google class, Zoom, radio and television and other online platforms until normalcy returned.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Edo 2020: Obaseki assures Akoko Edo traditional rulers of better days ahead

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Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has assured the people of the state that he will not disappoint them if re-elected, as he has laid the foundation for greater development in the state.


Obaseki made the pledge at the palace of Otaru of Igarra, Oba Emmanuel Saiki, where he solicited the royal father’s blessings and support for his re-election at the Sept. 19 gubernatorial election in the state.

“I am seeking for a re-election because we have started a revolution of development in the last four years to make governance relevant to Edo people.

“We pay civil servants and pensioners on time; we have trained our teachers to be digital and now our children are learning well.

“We have improved on infrastructure in Igarra land and we will do more.

“At this period of COVID-19 pandemic, the people need a leader with focus who is concerned about the lives of the people of the state.

“Agriculture must be improved on and taken seriously as farming should be a priority because money from Abuja has been cut down.

“What you have seen in the last four years is small, compared to the great things that will follow in my second term. We have the experience that they don’t have.

“Our radical reforms have given us a solid foundation to build on. We will tackle security challenges in the state as we will finance the vigilance groups as they are well organised,” he said.

In his remarks, Oba Saiki, prayed God to continue to guide tne governor in all his ways and urged him to continue to advise youths to shun political thuggery.

Contributing, the Chairman of Akoko Edo Traditional Council, Oba Patrick Okara, lauded Obaseki for his prompt response to COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

Okara further commended him for the rehabilitation of roads in Akoko-Edo, adding that there were more roads begging for attention across the region.

“We have been feeling the impact of your government, but we want to feel it more. We demand for any institution of higher learning in the oldest local government in Nigeria, Akoko-Edo,’’ he said.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

 

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You can send off a player for coughing, English FA tells referees

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Players who deliberately cough at opponents or referees can be shown red or yellow cards under new guidelines issued by England’s Football Association (FA) amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


The instructions to referees taking charge of games when COVID-19 restrictions are in place will come into force immediately and be applied at all levels of the game.

The FA document for referees said action should be taken when “the referee is certain someone deliberately, and from close range, coughed into the face of an opponent or match official…’’

It added that the offence would fall under the category of “using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures”.

“If the incident was not severe enough to merit a sending-off, a caution could be issued for `unsporting behaviour —– shows a lack of respect for the game’.”

The document added that referees must not look to punish “routine” coughing and should remind players to avoid spitting on the ground, although it is not an act of misconduct.

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Edited By: Olawale Alabi) (NAN)

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Delta Govt trains teachers ahead of schools’ resumption

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In preparation for the resumption of schools, the Delta Government on Monday begun sensitisation programme for teachers in Ika North-East Local Government Area.


Mr Innocent Ezeamaiwe, member, Ika North-East Rapid Response Team for COVID-19, said the training was geared toward equipping the teachers with necessary information on COVID-19, and how to manage the pandemic.

Ezeamaiwe said that the exercise was part of the state government’s initiative on the basic procedures for handling the pandemic in schools.

“The objective is to ensure the safety of teachers and students when we reopened the schools.

“The students and teachers are expected to adhere strictly to the laid down precautionary measures,” he said.

Ezeamaiwe also urged teachers and parents not to be afraid of the school reopening, assuring them that the state government was working out the modalities to perfect the whole process.

He urged teachers to be good ambassadors, by observing and adhering strictly to the guidelines on the prevention of Coronavirus pandemic.

In his remarks, Christopher Ekamagule, the Education Secretary, Local Education Authority, Ika North-East, commended the state government for its decision to reopen schools.

Ekamagule said that the students could no longer afford to wait at home.

He urged participants to maximise the opportunity, adding that victory over the pandemic was becoming stronger.

The training exercise took place in three centres – Owa Oyibu Secondary School; Akumazi Umuocha Secondary School and Ika Grammar school.

Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

 

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