Two weeks ago, some students in Lagos State, who are yet to resume spoke with Saturday Tribune, of what their first day in school would look like, should the government open schools.
Today, some Basic 5 pupils of Jubilee Life Baptist Nursery and Primary School, Basorun, Ibadan, who are preparing for Common Entrance examination, share their experiences on the day they resumed back to school.
Deborah Olosunde, Basic 5
I was excited to be back to school again after months of staying indoors. The coronavirus precautions, soap and water, thermometer, our seats being arranged in a new way to ensure social distance, were all in place to ensure our safety. Also,we no longer hold assembly like before. The school is still interesting though we cannot play together as before. I am eager to write my Common Entrance examination.
Tunde Lawal, Basic 5
The school atmosphere changed when I got to school that day. I was happy to see my friends and teachers. I was surprised when I saw that an individual had to seat down on a chair which usually accommodates two pupils, all of us with face mask but it was not convenient for me. I brought out money to buy something but I was told that things are no longer sold in school. I discovered that I had forgotten some things when my teacher began to teach us. God will stop this pandemic by His mercy.
Ayodeji Okunade, Basic 5
When I entered the school premises on the day we were asked to resume, I saw that the school management had done in preparation for our resumption as all precautionary measures were in place. Aside washing of our hands, use of sanitizer and wearing of face mask, each person’s temperature was taken to ensure he or she was fit to be in school or not. I felt happy about our resumption because I missed my school, friends and my teachers during the lockdown.
Daniel Owoeye, Basic 5
My mother and I were asked to wash our hands and our temperature was also checked. My classroom had changed because of the seating arrangement. Our headmistress warned us to maintain social distance and we must not remove our face masks. I am still not happy because we cannot sit together like before. In addition to the above instructions, no more time to watch cartoons and games too. We have no choice than to obey the headmistress because all instructions are for our safety. Our teacher gave us enough assignments. I must be serious in order to pass my Common Entrance examination. I was happy to be in school again that day.
Samuel Oyekale, Basic 5
My school obeys COVID-19 rules set up by the government. Before we entered the school premises, we were told to put on face mask, I saw soap and running water as well as infrared thermometer used to check our temperature. The class arrangement was different from what I used to know, one person per seat. All these surprised me but I was happy to be back in school to prepare for my Common Entrance examination. I thank the government for this.
Joshua Ashaghe, Basic 5
The day we resumed was one of the most exciting days for me because we had been at home for a long time. When I entered the school, every pupil wore face masks, washed hands witth running water and also used sanitizer. Everybody’s temperature was checked too. I was very happy to see my friends but I could not hug them because of COVID-19.
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