Lagos State government has come up with new structure of resumption for schools in the state.
The state which had already announced schools resumption for September 21, said only students in JSS3 and SS2 would be allowed to resume.
The development, according to the state government, was in line with efforts to further curtail the spread of coronavirus.
In a statement by the Commissioner for Education in the state, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo through, the Head of Public Affairs of the ministry, Mr. Kayode Abayomi, “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.
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“The present Junior Secondary School,JSS 3 and SS 2 students in public schools in the state are to resume classes from Monday, 21st of September, 2020.
“The resumption will permit the present JSS 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.”
She also added that “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”
“Phased re-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).”
On the resumption of lower classes, she maintained 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”.