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FCT Edu Secretariat Rates Schools High On Face Mask Usage

By Remi Johnson

The Secretary, Federal Capital Territory Education Secretariat, Alhaji Sani El-Katuzu, has declared zero tolerance against bullying, cultism, harassment and other social vices in schools as academic activities resumed.

Alhaji El-Katuzu gave the warning when he led a management team to monitor the level of compliance with COVID-19 preventive protocols in schools in Abuja.

Alhaji El- katuzu noted that the FCT Administration had put measures in place to guard against actions or practices that could jeopardize academic activities in the territory.

El- Katuzu warned that any student caught bullying would be sent out of school.

“We operate an administration that has zero tolerance for bullying, cultism and harassment of students in our schools…And we will make sure that he or she doesn’t get admitted into any school around the FCT where we have control over.”

On safety of children, the secretary assured that adequate measures had been put in place to guarantee the safety of students, teachers and other staff in all schools across the territory.

“I have seen a lot of security intervention in the schools and I intend to discuss with the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, on how to intensify security around all our schools.”

On the level of compliance with COVID-19 protocols, the education boss rated Schools high on compliance with use of face mask, but expressed concern over low turnout in some schools visited.

“All the schools we have visited so far we noticed that students observed the COVID-19 protocols and in particular for the wearing of face mask, I am impressed for now.

“The schools are just resuming, I can understand with some of the students but in some schools the rate of resumption is disappointing honestly.

“Like the school of children with special needs I expected to see a lot of students around, however…”

Earlier, Dr Yahaya Muhammad, Proprietor of Islamic Leadership Academy, Kuje, assured that the school management would continue to ensure that staff and students adhere to COVID-19 protocols.

Some of schools visited include Government Secondary School, First Universal Basic Education Primary School, FCT School for Children with Special Needs and Government Girls Science Secondary School, all in Kuje Area Council.

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