The United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) has on Thursday monitored over 11 schools in the Kunchi Local Government Area of Kano State to monitor the level of compliance of COVID-19 protocols.

Saka Adebayo-Ibraheem, the UNICEF education officer (Evidence, Data and Research) in Kano during the inspection tour said the aim was to make sure that school children and staff were strictly complying with the protocols to prevent the spread of the virus.

The seven primary and four junior secondary schools were inspected in some communities across the local government area.

According to Adebayo-Ibraheem, the team was there to monitor how the schools are utilising the COVID-19 safety facilities provided by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) through the World Bank in conjunction with UNICEF.

“The facilities include; special hand washing facility, liquid soap and hand sanitisers among other things. We also monitored the use of face masks, maintaining personal distance between learners and also mentor them.’’

Adebayo-Ibraheem further explained that schools were randomly selected from three local government areas which include; Fagge, Gwale and Kunchi.

He commended the level of compliance observed in all the schools visited, adding that all the schools visited have head teams to teach their fellow students not to share face masks.

“Community and parents should continue to encourage their wards to come to school to be responsible in future,’’ he advised.

On his part, the Chairmanship of the School Based Management Committee (SBMC) in Kunchi, Malam Nura Abubakar commended UNICEF for their tremendous effort towards the development of their schools.

Abubakar further expressed concern over the attitude of some parents for not allowing their children to go to school every day, but rather sending them to farm, therefore appealed to them to stop such bad attitudes.

Some of the schools visited only few students were seen as some of them had gone to the farm to assist their parents.

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