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Anambra State Shuts Down School for Violating Covid-19 Protocols

The Government of Anambra has announced the shutdown and withdrawal of approval of a certain Royal Ambassador’s Schools, Onitsha, with reasons of violating the resumption COVID-19 prevention protocols and directives for resumption.

Despite the stipulated January 18 resumption by FG, schools in Anambra state had been given the directive to resume starting with proprietors and teachers on January 18, while students and pupils are to stay at home till February 1, when they are to resume. This was to ensure that covid-19 protocols were put in place first for safe reopening.

The government officials revealed that Royal Ambassador’s Schools violated the government’s directives which instructed that students and pupils are to remain at home till February 1.

Following the announcement of the closure of the school which was made on Thursday, January 21, Christy Obiano, a permanent secretary in the Ministry of Basic Education, stated in Awka that the closure of the school would serve as a deterrent for further violation.

Governor of the State, Willie Obiano said:
“The Ministry of Basic Education wishes to announce the closure and withdrawal of approval of the Royal Ambassador’s Schools at Onitsha for violating the government’s resumption directives”.

“Students and pupils of the schools were also seen without face masks, on Monday, Jan. 18, receiving lessons against government’s directives”.
“The schools’ fragrant disobedience to government’s directives can endanger the lives of children, and it is not in the best interest of education in the state”.

“Parents are, however, advised to withdraw their children from the schools, which remain closed.”

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