Lagos Govt Makes U-turn on Resumption of Schools Below Tertiary Level

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Less than 24 hours after its pronouncements on the indefinite closure of all public and private schools below the tertiary level due to the second wave of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led Lagos State Government Monday directed that the affected pupils/students to resume for the second term 2020/21 academic session from January 18, 2021.

Speaking through Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo, the governor explained that the new directive was in line with the Federal Government’s position to curtail the spread of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

The Sanwo-Olu administration enjoined all schools to comply with all the outlined COVID-19 requirements for resumption.

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“The directive is not only for the improvement of the overall school operations, but for the safe reopening of academic activities to support Lagos State Government’s quest for a full return,” the commissioner said.

She advised all schools to have flexible plans where students and teachers who feel sick could teach or learn from home via available online platforms, adding that schools should also strive to prevent any COVID-19 infection among students and staff.

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Adefisayo, therefore, enjoined teachers, students and visitors to wear facemasks at all times, observe physical distancing, embrace regular handwashing with soap under running water and maintain a high standard of personal hygiene within the school premises.

Idowu Sowunmi