The Nigeria Union of Teachers and the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools have called on the government to create more enlightenment on coronavirus disease.
The Secretary-General of NUT, Dr. Mike Ike-Ene, and the National President, NAPPS, Mr. Yomi Odubela who spoke with our correspondent in a separate interview maintained that the level of awareness on the virus was low.
They, thereby, charged the federal and state governments to make deliberate efforts in providing all the necessities that would curb the spread of COVID-19.
Ike-Ene said, “The government should provide the needful and educate the populace; it doesn’t make sense educating students and pupils alone, we call for the enlightenment of all ranks and file. Through consistent sensitization, people will begin to internalize the message that the use of nose masks will be a part of our lives until further notice.”
Odubela said, “We want to encourage our governors to do more on publicity and enlightenment. We need more jingles, posters, megaphones by the Local Government Areas, from streets to streets. The government needs to do more on that so that people can know more about COVID-19 and what they need to do as an individual to join the fight against the virus. The government should roll out grants to schools and support parents who cannot afford school fees.”
The two educationists also encouraged teachers to put in more effort, adding that parents needed to also educate and ensure that their children complied with the safety protocols.
“For parents, they have a huge work; they must ensure that they do all the needful before the child leaves home, provide hand sanitizers, tell the child to keep washing hands, use their facemasks, and discourage them from sharing materials and pen. When these things are taught every day, it becomes a part of the child.
“Parents should know that they have a huge work on their hands by educating their children. Teachers have a duty to supervise the children towards ensuring that the facemask is properly used. Parents should tell their children about regular hand washing. There should be legislation that will sanction people when they fail to use facemasks,” Ike-Ene said.
Odubela added, “The job of teachers is already becoming cumbersome because they have to learn the strategy to cope with the new normal especially the virtual teaching that has come with a lot of challenges associated with social media.
“Children are beginning to get addicted and visit some immoral websites. Teachers also have to develop their capacities in this regard to be able to help the children to remain focused.”
“Parents should be positive role models to their children towards combating the spread of COVID-19. You can discuss with them, supply all the school’s needs including food and drinks and help develop their immunity by ensuring that they give children more fruits and vegetables and stop them from taking snacks which contain too much sugar and salt so that they can have strong immunity against any infection.”