The Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, has announced the reopening of schools for the 2020/2021 academic session for both public and private schools in the state.
In a statement on Sunday, the Head, Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Mr Kayode Abayomi, said the state would adopt a phased approach in opening public schools. Under this approach, only JS3 and SS2 students are allowed to resume.
For public schools, the statement read, “The Ministry is adopting a phased approach to opening public schools. This phased approach to opening will enable public schools 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.
“The present JS 3 and SS 2 students in public schools in the State are to resume classes from Monday, 21st of September, 2020.”
The statement further clarified that 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) organised by the Lagos State Examination Board and scheduled for between Tuesday, 6th and Monday, 12th of October, 2020.
It added, “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.”
It assured parents that announcements for opening the other classes will occur as soon as the state is certain of the children’s 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,” it added.
While the state said private primary and secondary schools in the state are permitted to resume from Monday, September 21, 2020, it however strongly recommended and encouraged school owners to put safety first and open in phases similar to the plans for public schools.
The statement added, “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.”
However, all 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,” the statement further noted.