… Students must not exceed 20 per class – Adefisayo
The Lagos State Government in its bid to ensure compliance of public and
private schools to Covid-19 protocols and guidelines for schools reopening,
paid a random visit to some schools across the State.
Honourable Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo led a
monitoring team to assess the process in which the students were
received, ensuring that Covid-19 protocols were strictly adhered to in order
to reduce the risk of the disease to the barest minimum.
Addressing Pressmen during an inspection tour of some public and private
Schools at Education District IV around Yaba, Surulere and Apapa axis,
Mrs. Adefisayo expressed satisfaction with the level of preparedness of the
schools, adding that the State Government is very concerned about the
safety of students and their teachers. She stressed that their wellbeing is of
utmost importance to the State Government.
She said asides her visitation to schools, the Permanent Secretary of the
Ministry, Tutor Generals/Permanent Secretaries of the Six Education
Districts, Office of Education Quality Assurance and other top officials of
the Ministry were also on field across the State to ensure that maximum
compliance and coordination is achieved.
The Commissioner noted that the inspection tour will continue till all
Schools are covered and stated that any school accommodating other
students apart from SS3 and TEC3 contrary to the state government’s
directive at this period will face disciplinary action. She emphasized that the
resumption became necessary for the students to write their WASSCE
Examinations and encouraged them to put in their best in the forthcoming
exams taking place in two weeks’ time in a bid to come out successful. She
also urged them to shun all vices, work hard and stay focused in their
The Honourable Commissioner admonished teachers to take care of
themselves and also to take up the role of enforcement and compliance to
the Covid-19 protocols by students. She hinted that the bulk of these efforts
lies in their hands as they are the custodians of the students while at
school. She reiterated that students must not exceed 20 per class in
compliance to social distancing.
She however called on parents/guardians to monitor the children/wards
closely as their roles are germane and complimentary at this period. She
concluded that all hands must be on deck to curb the spread and flatten the
curve, stressing that the government will leave no stone unturned.
In her words, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs.
Abosede Adelaja added that the Lagos State Government has provided
free face masks and sanitizers for all students. She noted that aside from
fumigating the schools and ensuring a clean and conducive environment
for learning, the State Government has also provided facilities such as
wash hand basins and portable water. She therefore enthused that all
policies made by government in ensuring that the Covid-19 protocols are
strictly adhered to while noting that visitors and food vendors coming into
the school premises during this period are not allowed.
Earlier, the Lagos State Government directed the SS3 and Technical
Studies Three (TEC3) Students to resume schooling on the 3 rd of August
2020 in preparation for the West African Senior School Certificate
Examination scheduled to commence on the 17 th August, 2020.