Lagos govt reveals resumption plans for 2020/2021 academic session
The Lagos State government through its Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo has revealed the plans for resumption of schools for both private and public schools after a prolonged shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The commissioner disclosed the plan for the resumption while she was congratulating the SS3 students in their just-concluded WAEC examination. Adefisayo said that the Lagos state government is already adopting a phased approach towards the resuming of schools.
“The Ministry is adopting a phased approach to opening public schools. This phased approach to opening will enable public schools to meet COVID-19 social distance rules and safety protocols and will help us watch the behaviour of the pandemic as we gradually open up our schools.”
Adefisayo disclosed that the resumption date for both Private primary school and secondary school is September 21st 2020. She also said that the resumption is to help students to prepare for their entrance to the next level.
“The resumption will permit the present JS 3 students who are already in an exiting class to revise and get adequately prepared for their forthcoming Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) organised 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.
“We assure parents that announcements for opening the other classes will occur as soon as we are certain of their safety.
"In the meantime, the unopened classes in public schools will continue their lessons on our various distance learning platforms (Online platform, radio, television and WhatsApp) while the next phase for physical resumption will be announced in due course,” Adefisayo said.
Adefisayo advised privates schools to make sure that they follow the COVID-19 rules mapped out by the government to avoid the spreading of the virus when they resume school.
“Private Primary and Secondary Schools in the State are permitted to resume from Monday, 21st of September, 2020 and the State Government strongly recommends and encourages school owners to put safety first and open in phases similar to the plans for public schools.
“Phased opening also includes strategies for staggered resumption in the mornings, classes on alternate days during the week and teaching through various distance learning methods.
"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.”
She revealed that pre-primary classes and schools in both public and private schools would remain closed until further plans are mapped out for its resumption.
She urged schools to be extra careful about the virus as it has not yet been cleared “The pandemic is still with us, and we must in all situations, make the safety of our children, teachers and parents and our community as a whole our first priority.”
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