Ebola: Parents in Jos refuse pupils from resuming school

In spite of the training on Ebola for teachers in Plateau State, preparatory for resumption on Monday, September 22, most parents still refused their children attending school and most public schools remained closed.

PREMIUM TIMES, on Monday morning, visited elementary schools within Jos, Plateau State, and observed that only a few public schools were open. However, no academic activities were ongoing in most schools at the time of our visit, between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.

At Gyel Primary school, a public school in Jos south local government area, no pupil nor teacher was in the school at the time of our visit.

Similarly, at Dadinkowa public primary school, a few pupils and teachers were seen standing in the school premises.Some of the pupils were sweeping the school compound.

At another public pilot school, Obasanjo Modern School, Hwolshe, also in Jos south local government area, the school was open, but with a few pupils in attendance. However, no academic activity was on.

The situation in Jos North local government area was no different. A public primary and secondary school, Laranto, was near deserted. A few students were seen leaving the school. According to a primary three pupil, Awal Salisu, “Our Aunty (teacher) did not come to school.”

However, most private schools were open, but with a few pupils in schools and academic activities taking place.

At Radiant-way Academy Bukuru, a few pupils and students resumed. School workers were seen cleaning up dust that has accumulated on desk over the period of the long vacation.

Meanwhile, parents, who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES, said they did not send their wards to school on Monday as a preventive measure against Ebola.

Ezekiel Ponfa, a parent who refused his children attending school Monday, called on government to fumigate all schools as part of measures of preventiing the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease.

“If not for anything, all schools should have been fumigated to ensure that the school are free from every disease, not just Ebola before today’s resumption,” he said.

It was observed that the pupils were allowed into almost all schools without adequate medical checks of Ebola on the pupils as directed by the state government last Friday during a sensitisation training workshop on Ebola.

The Plateau State government on Friday last week trained both public and private primary/secondary schools teachers on how to prevent contacting Ebola Virus Disease among pupils and teachers alike.

During the training of the teachers, the Commissioner of Education in the state, Nanle Dashen, said all pupils in school would be tested at the premises before allowing them into classes.

Mr. Dashen said, “Temperature of each child would periodically be tested. Any child, teacher and even other school workers that manifest high fever symptoms should be excused from the school environment.”

On his part, the Commissioner for Health, Fom Dakwat assured, “I want to assure Nigerians that it is safe for us to reopen our schools across Nigeria.

“We are happy that Ebola have been contained in Nigeria, but we will not go to sleep, because our neighbouring countries are still endemic with the disease. And according to the United Nations, it will take 18 months to totally eradicate Ebola in the West African region.”


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  • Tom

    Pchew! Rubbish…Nonsense! ..here comes the irresponsible father and husband….Mr Fani, you are now very irrelevant..pls face ur new girlfriend and concentrate on making ‘legitimate babies’ this time… Refinery is working..looters are beging.. power getting better..US selling weapons..shekau is running…. A man without honour….pchew!

    • Pause

      Dear Yariba slave,

      You are an APC ETHNIC THIEF……stop claiming refinery, power, and send condolences to innocent Nigrians killed by Boko today…..that makes it 800 livs and 5,000 wounded in just 3 months….nitwit

  • Terfa

    Femi fani kayode, may I remind u that u are not by ur own admission an ordinary Nigerian. U belong to this shit hole gang of renegades that has held us captive and milked our common heritage dry. We have our hopes in God. We believe he will use PMB to put hypocrites like u where u belong.

  • tundemash

    The drug addict has come again. Femi Fanikayode, do you and your father not belong to the gang of robbers who have relentlessly raped Nigeria ?

    The drug addict wrote: Where is our Elijah? When will the Jezebels that rule our land be thrown down from the balcony and when will the dogs eat their flesh and drink their blood? When will our Ahab be slaughtered in battle? When will the Nigerian people say “enough is enough” and demand the change that they so desperately crave and yearn?

    Answer: We did that on March 28th when we threw you and PDPigs out !

    • Pause

      Dear Yariba slave,

      As an APC ETHNIC THIEF….stop shielding APC drug barons & international looters’ but they will be captured and probed even if it takes 30 years



      Brainless Buhari promised to declare his asset publicly but has now taking over selling of our oil to increase his assets.


      Brainless Buhari promised not to intervene in NASS affairs yet he imposed a majority leader on the House of Rep by a phone call.


      Brainless Buhari promised to be for everyone and for no one yet he abandoned federal character adherent in the HOUSE for party supremacy. Lo and behold, brainless Buhari is for APC. Who else?


      Brainless Buhari promised to not have an office of the First Lady yet AISHA BUHARI-da Gold Watch Lover- now occupies the same office which Dame Patience Jonathan was occupying


      Brainless Buhari swore to uphold the laws and constitution of Nigeria, yet eminent Nigerians who could have been focusing on their personal affairs have to be visiting ASO ROCK to remind him that ours is a country of LAWS.

  • Chukxharry

    This guy is really a subtle and crafty political jobber.He lost his parroting job with the exit of GEJ and now on a lookout for new employer.What an awful approach to job search!

  • Guguru


    Take it from me—I believe your insults are the height of disrespect and !diocy towards fellow Nigerians. Oh, i forgot—you are the Queen’s subject. Your comments lack empathy and a sense of decorum. There are many ways to communicate the inadequacies of Nigerians without engaging in insults of this manner. Rather than talk with Nigerians, you have chosen to talk down at Nigerians. Shame on you. You actually expect Nigerians, with plutocrats like yourself and your father, to behave in a rational manner while reading this nonsense, when all you and your ilk have done for the last 45 years is to subject the average Nigerian to many untold bouts of political, economic, and social deprivation?

    You have no standing in terms of credibility and integrity to make the assertions you have posted because you are part of the crowd that turned the average Nigerian into reflection of hopelessness and ignorance. Shame on you for owning property in the UK and yet you stand there in utter hypocrisy to preach and tutor Nigerians on what they should and must be. You really believe Nigerians cannot speak up? Then do you mind telling us why Nigerians decided to vote out 302 out of 360 House of Reps members in the last election? And do you mind telling us why Nigerians chose to overwhelmingly vote for President Buhari who spent less than 1/10th of the amount Jonathan spent on the Presidential elections?


    And why would a person who once thought Jonathan to be a pawn of many Jezebels that rule his life, choose to work for Jonathan even though he maligned Jonathan’s character in one of his sorry and hateful pieces? Femi, do you mind providing an answer to these questions? I once asked you, can you say to us that you have never been involved with corruption at any point in your history in Nigeria? The article below shows how you once described Jonathan and yet within months, you went to work for Jonathan. In my opinion, you are either a dishonest fellow or you are struggling with other psychological issues that are yet unresolved at this time. You are yet to resolve your personal problems and yet you think it wise to attack and ridicule the average Nigerians who is struggling to survive in the cauldron of hopelessness created by plutocrats like yourself?


    If you are eager to demand more from Nigerians then can you tell us what you did for Nigerians when the following air crash, which was considered the 15th worst accident in Nigeria, occurred a month before you became Minister of Aviation? What did you do for the Nigerian families When you got into office the next month after the crash? See information below. You cannot talk down to a people you have done very very little for. Else, your hypocrisy and disdain for Nigerians is as clear as daylight.In that case, why don’t you go and remain the subject of Queen Elizabeth, your white overlord, and leave Nigerians the heck alone with their problems? Shame on you

    97 people perished after a Boeing 737 operated by ADC Airlines crashed near the Abuja airport shortly after takeoff.

    The ADC Airlines flight departed Lagos on a scheduled domestic flight to Sokoto with an intermediate stop at Abuja.

    Immediately after takeoff from the Abuja airport, the Boeing 737 contacted the ground, broke up and caught fire in a corn field. A woman working on the field was reportedly killed after being struck by debris from the crash.

    The primary cause of the crash was bad weather but the immediate cause was the pilot’s refusal to acknowledge prevailing weather conditions.

    It is the 15th worst accident involving a Boeing 737-200.


  • Arabakpura

    Oh, he is back! It looks like the reality of defeat has dawned on him and the hangover has diminished!