…STUDENTS HAVE TO BE ENCOURAGED TO STAY AT SCHOOL-
The Lagos State Government in its bid to monitor the adherence of school
administrators, teachers and students to the Covid-19 protocols upon
resumption of Schools for the Second Term 2020/2021Academic Session,
paid an unscheduled visit to some schools across the State.
The 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 and its spread to the barest
Addressing pressmen in an interview after her tour to various schools
within the State, Mrs. Adefisayo expressed satisfaction with the level of
compliance of the schools, adding that the State Government is very
concerned about the safety of students and their teachers. The
Commissioner enthused that the wellbeing of students, teachers and
support staff is of utmost importance, which necessitated the unscheduled
visit to have a check on how learning and teaching practice is being
managed amidst the pandemic.
While speaking, Mrs. Adefisayo revealed that some students are already
roaming the streets and gradually losing interest in learning which is very
harmful for their growth. She further disclosed that the reopening of schools
has been a very difficult decision amidst the COVID-19 pandemic as most
vulnerable children are really going through a tough time roaming the
streets rather than concentrating on their academics.
“Many are already working children, doing jobs like mechanic, bus
conductor, hawking on the streets thereby further exposed to societal ills
rather than being in schools which is a safer environment.” She noted.
According to her, no face mask no entry slogan should be enforced in
every school, adding that the usual morning assembly and sporting
activities have been suspended till further notice. She therefore
emphasized that the Office of Education Quality assurance will always visit
schools to ensure full adherence to the COVID-19 protocol guidelines.
The Honourable Commissioner revealed that 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.
Also speaking during her schools monitoring, the Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Education, Mrs. Abosede Adelaja during the tour and monitoring
process appreciated the resilience and steadfastness of the teachers
during this period, thereby admonishing them to monitor their health very
seriously and also 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
The Permanent Secretary while speaking, advised the school
administrators of the respective schools to regularly monitor their teachers
and students closely, stressing that the State Government has invested
enormously in the Education Sector and they owe it a duty to produce
excellent students in academics and conduct.
She opined that parents/guardians are also saddled with the responsibility
of monitoring the children/wards closely as their roles are germane and
complimentary at this period, adding that all hands must be on deck to curb
the spread, stressing that the government will not relent in its efforts to fight
the virus and subdue it to the barest minimum.
Mrs. Abosede Adelaja enthused that upon resumption, the State
Government has provided free face masks for all students. She noted that
aside ensuring a clean and conducive environment for learning, the State
Government has also provided facilities such as wash hand basins and
portable water in all its Schools.
The Lagos State Government in line with the Federal Government
resolutions earlier announced Schools Resumption for students below
tertiary level on Monday, 18 th January, 2021 for the second term 2020/2021