By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
After weeks of extra holiday owing to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country, public schools in Osun state, southwest Nigeria on Monday, 13th October, 2014 resumed for 2014/2015 academic session.
But the Federal Government’s Ministry of Health under the leadership Prof. Onyebuchi Chhukwu had announced that Nigeria had contained the virus thus directing both public and private schools to resume academic activities on 22nd September, 2014.
It would be recalled that pubic schools in the state among several other states in the country did not resume for 2014/2015 academic session on 22nd September, 2014 as the National Executive Council of the Nigeria Union of Teachers had countered Federal Government’s order calling on its members to ignore the resumption date.
The NUT headquarters in Abuja had said the date was not realistic as there was no provision by the Federal Government to prevent the outbreak of Ebola disease in schools.
To this end, public schools in Osun state defied resumption last Wednesday as against ten other states in country that resumed for the 2014/2015 academic session.
Thegazellenews.com’s correspondent in the state who visited Osogbo High School and Ataoja School of Science, Osogbo observed that both teachers and students were at their schools as early as eight o’clock in the morning of Monday, 13th October, 2014.
While some students were busy tiding up their school premises and classrooms, others were busy discussing their experience during the holiday.
Speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Osun State Universal Basic Education Board, Alhaji Fatai Kolawole who urged teachers to be more committed to duty said government would continue to promote welfare of teachers.
Alhaji Kolawole hinted that the board would continue to enhance capacity of teachers through training and retraining, noting that the present administration was committed to education advancement.
Some teachers who include Mr Kunle Olatunji and Mr Wale Babalola said they were in high spirit to commence academic activities.
Also speaking, some students: Taofeek Kazeem and Kemi Olawale expressed their readiness to commence new academic session.