To ensure the safety of Primary School pupils, Akwa Ibom State Universal Basic Education Board (AK-SUBEB), has distributed thousands of face masks to schools in the State, as school resumes for academic activities.
Presenting the items, which was donated by Female Appointees of Governor Udom Emmanuel, at St. Michael’s Primary School grounds, Effiat Offot, Uyo; Prof. Maria Ikorok advised the pupils to properly use the face mask in order to forestall the spread of COVID-19.
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Prof. Ikorok admonished the Head Teacher to cascade to the teachers within their school, the knowledge gained from the last Akwa Ibom State Government’s COVID-19 training by inculcating in them and pupils, the proper use of face masks, hand washing, observing of social distancing in the class as well as attending to any case of illness noticed in the school.
She remarked that Governor Emmanuel has been paternalistic during the COVID-19 period, by promptly paying teacher’s salary as a palliative to attend to their needs even while at home.
The Don noted that Governor Udom has a commitment to improving the education and health sectors, as witnessed in the improved status of schools and the health facilities in the State.
She tasked teachers to be exemplary by adhering strictly to COVID-19 protocol and prevention guidelines, so that the children will replicate and save the State from the spread of the deadly virus.
The Don who was represented by the Director, Social Mobilisation, SUBEB, Mrs. Ammah Israel, directed the teachers to immediately commence teaching with Primary Six pupils, in preparation for their certificate examination billed to hold in the next two weeks.
The SUBEB Boss in company of Director School Services, SUBEB, Mrs. Mandu Ekpenyong, Director Pre-Primary/Primary School, Ministry of Education, Barr. Theresa Attih and Head of Training, SUBEB, Mrs. Charity Namseh also visited St. Patrick ‘s School, Iboko Offot, Uyo, Christ the king Catholic School, Wellington Bassey Way, Uyo and other schools, where pupils filed out to receive the face masks one after another and were orientated on the proper use of the face mask.
In their separate remarks, the head Teacher, St. Michael’s Primary School grounds, Effiat Offot, Uyo, Deaconess Victoria Jacob and St. Patrick ‘s School, Iboko Offot, Uyo, Mrs. Etim Bassey, appreciated the donour for the kind gesture and promised to uphold the COVID-19 protocols and prevention guidelines.