The Dennis Memorial Grammar Secondary, Onitsha and other schools in the commercial city are ready for the exit classes and in abiding by the Government COVID-19 pandemic directives.The Information Officers who were at DMGS, Onitsha, said that the teachers there, before the Aug. 4 resumption date already checked in their students as they arrived.The officers said they observed that their environment was properly maintained; everywhere in the school was neat, the cleaners still at work to maintain the neatness.
Mrs Anthonia Onyeje, the Vice-Principal Admin, who represented the Principal, Rev Cannon Chigozie Anato said that they were very happy when they heard about resumption of exit classes.She said, it had been their prayers ever since for the Coronavirus pandemic compelled the Government to close down schools, they had been praying for the disease to go away, so that students would resume school to round off their academic year.Mrs Onyeje thanked the Government for their decision to allow exit classes to face their examinations, so as to give way for intake of new students.
According to her all the necessary items like hand sanitisers, buckets and thermometers are already in place.Any student who comes in, must be checked with a thermometer; if the temperature shows high, the student will go back home, for safety of others.These were mutually agreed by parents and teachers of the schools. Students were told to come back with face masks of which they have complied.’’
Onyeje also said that, once any student was checked in, such a fellow was not permitted to go out of the school compound again.She also said that their clinic was ready in case of emergency, but they were praying against any unforeseen.Mrs Dorathy Igbojianya, Head of Department (HOD) Visual Arts at DMGS also said, they still need financial support from the Government, for the items they were using were replaceable and cost them a lot of money to stock.
Igbojianya said, the teachers would strive, their best to ensure that students maintained social and physical distances and always wear their nose masks in the classes and hostels.Mr Osita Ilonze, a DMGS student thanked the Government for their decision, saying that those past months that they were idle at home, that he was always angry: “I feel better now’’.There were joys among the students for coming back for their examinations as well as also see their classmates once again.