Danger Looms: Imo Schools May Not Resume Yet, As Covid -19 Spreads In Owerri Environs


By Onyekachi Eze
Uncertainty has continued to characterize plans by the Imo State Government to reopen schools in the state.
Since government planned to reopen schools for the new session, postponment has trailed it.
The government had initial date of first week of January 2021 before it gave another date of January 18.
But before the schools could put finishing touches for resumption, a fresh circular came up to cancel and give tentative date of January 25.
Trumpeta learnt that there are fears that the January 25 date may not be feasible considering the new wave of Corona Virus in the state.
This fear was fertilized by the statement of the State Government.
When Management, Parents and students thought that the menace may have subsided, a tougher phase of the virus is said to be on the prowl.
In a broadcast signed by the State’s Commissioner for education, Prof. B. T. O Ikegwuoha, all Nursery, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary institutions in the State are to mandatorily resume academic activities on January 25, 2021.
Schools Management were further urged to embrace the Covid-19 guidelines, while they resume studies, as monitoring team was believed to have been constituted to enable full compliance.
Meanwhile, it could be recalled that schools were supposed to had resumed on the 11th, and 18th January, respectively, but was it off due to perceived cases on the increase of the deadly disease in some parts of Owerri Municipal, Owerri North and South.
Trumpeta Newspaper authoritatively reports that with the situation reports gathered from some of the institutions in the State, with non availability of those covid-19 preventive apparatuses, schools reopening might still be placed on hold.
For schools Management, they believe that State Government should as a matter of necessity ensure the safety and wellbeing of her citizens.
And, among which, is provision of safety kits to all the citadel of learning in the State, since quality education should be a pivotal responsibility of the Government.
It was also gathered that in order to be on safer side, the Hope Uzodinma led administration may be imposing a fresh lockdown in the State.
There are fears that should a fresh lockdown be imposed, resumption of academic activities may be stalled, hence the rise in uncertainty over reopening of schools.