The Chief Executive Officer of the Corona Schools’ Trust Council, Mrs. Adeyoyin Adesina has offered reasons why school safety must be prioritised by school owners and government.
According to her, the desire of the country to achieve socio-economic and political rebirth cannot be achieved without provision for adequate protection of schools.
The school administrator further stressed that the importance of emergency preparedness in terms of safety and security of schools could not be overemphasised, adding that as a school of long standing, Corona has established structures including documented policies and processes on health, safety and security of students and the school.
“These are periodically tested and updated as appropriate. Compliance is enforced and the entire school community – pupils and employees, among others are educated and very familiar with health, safety and security procedures and emergency response and escalation channels. We maintain necessary relationships with the government agencies charged with these responsibilities in the state to enhance our efforts,” she said.
Mrs. Adesina disclosed this while announcing the expansion of the school’s services to include crèche, playschool and after-school, saying after successfully providing qualitative education to teeming young Nigerians from nursery to secondary school levels in the last 62 years, the expansion has become necessary.
She said the Trust decided to expand its tentacles in response to the changing dynamics of the environment and needs of parents to have their babies and toddlers constructively engaged, while they are at work or for an additional period after school hours, in productive and supervised activities in a conducive and safe environment.
Mrs. Adesina, however, noted that the new addition was not a venture embarked upon without a detailed study and assessment of the landscape and alignment to established goals as an organisation.
Throwing more light on facilities on ground that would make the staying of the children more conducive before they are picked by their parents, Mrs. Adesina stressed that the schools have established standards to be maintained.
“Therefore, parents and guardians should be assured that there are clearly defined structures, appropriate facilities and personnel that ensure all the schools are safe and conducive for care, play and learning.