RESOLUTIONS OF BOT/NEC/ CWC VIRTUAL MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 13TH JANUARY 2021 IN RESPECT OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PROPOSED REVIEW OF RESUMPTION DATE FOR SCHOOLS.
*RESOLUTIONS OF BOT/NEC/ CWC VIRTUAL MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 13TH JANUARY 2021 IN RESPECT OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PROPOSED REVIEW OF RESUMPTION DATE FOR SCHOOLS.*
The BOT/NEC/ CWC had an emergency virtual meeting on Wednesday, 13th of January, 2021 to deliberate on the Federal Government's announcement of the proposed review of resumption date for schools in the country due to the resurgence of Covid-19 infections and came up with the following resolutions;
1. The meeting rolled out some salient points as justification for the reopening of schools as follows:
A. Strict adherence to Covid-19 safety protocols within the school environment such as:
i. Wearing of face masks
ii. Provision of facility to ensure frequent washing/ sanitising of hands with alcohol-based hand sanitisers.
iii. Temperature reading
iv. Physical distancing rule to be strictly observed in classes, school buses etc
v. Visitors to the school must be made to strictly follow Covid - 19 safety protocols otherwise they will be turned back from entering the school premises.
vi. No sick learners, staff will be allowed into the school premises.
vii. Availability of qualified health practitioner(s) within the school environment for monitoring the health of students, teachers and others within the school environment.
B. Staggered reopening of Schools where some students attend schools in the morning and others in the afternoon or alternative days of the week.
C. Phased reopening of schools
D. Reduced hours of learning within the school environment.
E. While Adopting Remote learning, we should take cognizance of the vulnerable children who may have difficulty engaging in remote learning due to lack of devices or quiet space to study.
F. Challenges associated with remote learning which are likely to bring negative consequences.
G. Creation of Isolation room within the school environment for those who suddenly show symptoms of illness while in schools.
H. Private Schools cannot afford another prolonged closure of schools to prevent the total collapse of private education sub-sector.
I. Majority of students leave in unorganized environments that are not helping to curb the spread of the virus so putting them in organised environments like schools protect them better especially when their parents/ guardians are at work.
j. Recent pronouncement of United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) that schools are not drivers of Covid-19 pandemic while noting that closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic will impact negatively on the development, safety and mental wellbeing of children globally. UNICEF also warned that the effects of closing school for another year will be felt for generations to come.
To this end. NAPPS National would engage both the government and press on the need for resumption of schools without further postponement in the country.
2. The meeting directed the States Chairmen of NAPPS to engage their State governments for a favourable outcome in their states in view of education being on concurrent list which gives room for state governments to determine how education is run in their states while noting that schools in some states had already resumed and we have not recorded any outbreak of Covid-19 within the school environment in those states.
3. The NEC/ CWC viewed with great concern the Federal Government's announcement regarding the proposed review of resumption of schools earlier announced as 18th January 2020 and concluded that the announcement may not necessarily be binding on all the states of the Federation since education is on concurrent list.
4. Even though, the Federal government through Dr. Sanni Aliyu- PTF National Cordinator , insisted that the date for the school resumption on January 18th still stands, We need to be proactive in our approach to the issue .
5. NAPPS leadership needs to be organised and united about the information released to the press as they are known for their sensationalism in stories carried by them.
6. The meeting emphasised the need for governments to save lives and livelihoods. NAPPS therefore enjoins government to keep school open and enforce compliance with Covid-19 protocols.
7. The meeting noted that the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 monitoring committee in schools had carried out an assessment of safety protocols facilities within the school environment and certified schools before the reopening of schools earlier. More so, schools have been noted to adhere strictly to the stipulated protocols laid down by the PTF in conjunction with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). As a result, no major COVID -19 cases were observed in the school environments due to the strict compliance.
8. The meeting resolved that NAPPS as an association would have to embark on organised peaceful protests online to make our position known should the government decide to close schools again. However, the option of organised physical protest will be reviewed to determine its appropriateness.
9. The meeting resolved that NAPPS as an association should always be ready to engage government through legal means to curb future incessant closure of schools without regard for the stakeholders in the subsector as a necessary step to protect investments within the sector. NEC is to consult with the legal Committee for advice on this.
11. The meeting directed NAPPS local government exco to appoint Covid-19 Protocols Compliance Officers(COPCO) among members.
The officers are to advise,sensitise, encourage members to sustain Covid-19 safety protocols in schools and ensure compliance always.
12. The meeting frowned at situations where elected officers of the association would choose to disobey lawful directives from the constituted authority. Subsequently, the meeting resolved to take decisive action on such issues.
13. The meeting approved the sale of newly produced NAPPS Scheme of Work to members which are in 5 volumes and prices as follows
a. Pre- School - N3,500
b. Pry 1- 3. - N3,500
c. Pry 4-6. - N3,500
d. JSS 1- 3. -N4,000
e. SSS 1- 3. -N4,000
Therefore, members were encouraged to register immediately for the NAPPS NATIONWIDE TERMLY UNIFIED EXAMINATION. Questions for 1st term, 2nd term & 3rd term are available.
14. The meeting advised members to pay their financial dues for 2020/2021 academic session across all administrative levels. Members owing in arrears were equally advised to update their payments.
15. The yearly Strategic Leadership Congress for BOT,NEC and States Chairmen has been fixed for January 26 - 28, 2021 in Abuja while Strategic leadership Congress at Zones, States and Local Government levels will be announced thereafter.
16. The Committee for Children's day enjoined members to be ready for a well-packaged 2021 Children's day programme as the day will be celebrated with NAPPS customised Ankara fabrics for the day. More details will emerge later.
17. The meeting decried the lack of transparency regarding the Covid-19 Survival funds for teachers by the relevant agency. As a result, a committee will soon be set up to look into the issue. Meanwhile, Google Forms will soon be sent out to collate information about those who were unable to register, those who registered but did not receive any money, those who registered but collected part and those who registered but were paid in full. However, it should be noted that only the financial members will be attended to.
18. In conclusion, the meeting unanimously agreed that there is no basis for any decision to shut down schools in the country due to COVID-19 as continued closure could impact negatively on the development, safety and wellbeing of children and other stakeholders.
CWC/BOT MEETING ATTENDANCE
2DR YAQEEN HABEEB
3MUHAMMAD DANKATAGUM GARBA
8DCN. FEMI ALADE
11AMUSA M. T
14PST CHRIS INEH
15 THEO MBAKWE
17DCN MONDAY O IFOGHERE
18 LEMMY RUSSEL
19CHIEF YOMI OTUBELA
20 CHRISTIANA MACDONALD
21 TANKO ADAMU
23IJIDAKINRO DERICK FEMI
25COMRADE JUDE IDAKPO
26.ABDULLAHI DANFODIO MUHAMMAD
31. OYENIYI SULAIMAN