By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos
Lagos Govt Announces Plan for Post-COVID-19 Lockdown Reopening of Schools
Lagos State Ministry of Education has adopted a phased approach to reopening of both public and private schools after months of closure to prevent the spread of Novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic .
The phased approach to reopening of academic activities will enable public schools to meet COVID-19 social distance rules and safety protocols. It will also help government to watch the behaviour of the pandemic, the education ministry’s authority explained.
The state’s Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo, said that the present Junior Secondary 3 and Senior Secondary 2 students in public schools in the State will resume classes from Monday, 21st of September, 2020.
“The resumption will permit the present JS 3 students who are already in an exit class to revise and get adequately prepared for their forthcoming Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) organized by the Lagos State Examination Board and scheduled between Tuesday, 6th and Monday, 12th of October, 2020.
“The resumption will also afford the present SS 2 students an opportunity to prepare effectively for their transition to SS 3.
“The scheduled dates and venues for Entrance Examination into Lagos State Model Colleges will soon be announced by the State Examination Board,” the education commissioner clarified.
Adefisayo assured parents that announcements for reopening the other classes will be made as soon as her ministry is certain of the safety of the students.
She stated that in the meantime, learner’s of the yet to be reopened classes in public schools will continue their lessons on the government’s various distance learning platforms, such as online, radio, television and WhatsApp.
The next phase for physical resumption would be announced in due course, Adefisayo added.
She disclosed that private primary and secondary schools in the State are permitted to resume from Monday, 21st of September, 2020.
“The State government strongly recommends and encourages school owners to put safety first and open in phases similar to the plans for public schools,” the commissioner said.
Adefisayo elaborated that phased reopening also includes strategies for staggered resumption in the mornings, classes on alternate days during the week and teaching through various distance learning methods.
She declared: “Schools must also comply with safety protocols and hygiene guidelines as instructed by the State government through the Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA).
‘The Office of Education Quality Assurance will continue to monitor and evaluate schools’ preparedness.
“Please note that pre-primary classes and schools in both public and private schools will remain closed until further announcements are made.”
LagosState government reminded school authorities that the pandemic is still ravaging people.
“We must in all situations, make the safety of our children, teachers and parents and our community as a whole our first priority,” the government said in a news release written by Kayode Abayomi, Head, Public Affairs, Ministry of Education.
The Press release dated 13th September 2020 was headlined: “LASG Reveals Plans for a New 2020/2021 Academic Session Resumption.”