COVID-19: Lagos adopts phased approach in schools reopening

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Lagos State Ministry of Education has adopted a phased approach to opening public schools, which will enable schools meet COVID-19 social distance rules and safety protocols and will help the government to watch the behaviour of the pandemic as its gradually open up Lagos schools.

This approach was disclosed by the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo recently, which is part of the plans for both Public and Private Schools resumption in the State after the lockdown of schools as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to her, “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”, she said.

She assured parents that announcements for opening the other classes will occur as soon as government is 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”.

She further said 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.

“Phased opening also include 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 said.

She noted that pre-primary classes and schools in both public and private schools will remain closed until further announcements are made. “The State Government wishes to remind schools that 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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