In line with the recent directive by the Governor, all personal aides of the Governor have been assigned to public and private secondary schools in the state to enforce the adoption of COVID-19 safety protocols by students and teachers, and forestall a rapid spread of the pandemic.
According to the Dean, College of Personal Aides of the Governor, Elder Ufot Ebong the personal aides of the Governor are working with the office of the Commissioner for Education to monitor and report all cases of non-compliance accordingly.
The aides of the Governor have been detailed to ensure that everyone entering the school is checked with an infrared ray thermometer to alert Incident Management Team of any suspicious case of high temperature.
They are also expected to make sure students and teachers maintain social distancing in class and around the school premises.
Wearing of facemasks is compulsory while soaps or hand sanitizers are expected from students and teachers for effective regular washing of hands.
The Governor’s aides who are on this special assignment to prevent community spread of the disease, are also to observe that no Assembly ceremony is held in schools throughout this period
Schools head teachers are mandated to cooperate with the cooperate with the Governor’s aides to enable the success of the entire exercise.
Those involved in the supervisory role of the exercise include the Commissioner for Education, Dr. Enobong Mbobo, the Dean, College of Personal Aides of the Governor, Elder Ufot Ebong, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Education Monitoring, Mrs Idongesit Etiebet, as well as the Special Assistant to the Governor on Research and Documentation, Mr Essien Ndueso.
Others are the Chairman State Secondary Education Board, Mr Umana Umana and the Chairman State Technical Schools Board Mr George Henshaw.
The assignment commences immediately, is strictly on COVID-19 monitoring and is different from the assignment of government education monitors who are still expected to carry out their duties.