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Governor Willie Obiano directed civil and public servants, including teachers, to resume on Monday after a six-week break occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor, through Secretary to the State Government, Solo Chukwulobelu, however, said pupils should remain at home, but follow Anambra Teaching on Air through ABS radio, ABS TV and ABS online platforms.

Following the directive, policy makers met to discuss the post COVID-19 session, including reasons for reopening schools without pupils.

Commissioner for Basic Education Kate Omenugha said teachers were asked to resume in line with the COVID-19 protocol before return of pupils.

She directed teachers to ensure that schools were disinfected and to observe social distancing in arranging lockers and chairs.

According to Omenugha, the protocol required minimising person-to-person contact.

The meeting also resolved to adopt blended learning, using face- to-face and online teaching methods, as well as the free online applications sent in by the Federal Ministry of Education.

Teachers were mandated to wear face mask to access schools to ensure COVID-19 protocol compliance.

Stakeholders flayed the decision, saying it was counter-productive.

They said the state should reconsider the decision.

A primary school teacher, who preferred anonymity, said the directive would amount to waste of money on transportation.

β€œI wonder what I will be going to school to do as a primary school teacher while pupils remain at home.

β€œMaybe the government wants us to waste salaries on transportation,” she said.

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