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“There is no Change in School Resumption Date”

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The Chairman of Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, LSUBEB, Dr. Ganiyu Sopeyin has disclosed that studies have resumed across Primary schools in Lagos State, stressing that there is no change in school resumption date earlier announced by the Board.

The Chairman who addressed school children alongside the SUBEB monitoring team spoke through the Board Secretary of SUBEB, Mrs. Foluso Ajimoti.

While commending the impressive turn out of school children, teachers and head tutors in some of the schools visited, the Chairman also frowned at parents who are yet to release their children for academic activities.

“We are aware that the reason why some parents are yet to release their children for school is as a result of an unconfirmed report which says that there is a change in the September 9 resumption date. I must stress that this is not true as academic work had already started across our schools,” Sopeyin explained.

Specifically, the Chairman commended the headteacher, staff and pupils of St. Francis Nursery School, Maryland and other schools who had started academic work on the first day of resumption and advised other schools who are yet to fully resume to follow suit.

Speaking on the efforts of the State Government to address the state of infrastructure across the schools, the SUBEB Chairman said that the rehabilitation works of schools are ongoing, assuring that areas not yet covered under the renovation scheme would also be reached in due course.

He also informed that the plans by the State government to domesticate the Home Grown feeding programme initiated by the Federal Government was also on course and would soon commence.

Sopeyin expressed confidence in the level of preparedness of the teachers, revealing that a sensitisation forum had earlier been organised for all teachers to assess their level of preparedness and also charge them for the task ahead.

Among the schools visited are Community Primary School, Wasimi, Maryland; Military Primary Schools, Ikeja Cantonment; Bola Memorial Primary School, Abule-Onigbagbo, Ikeja; St. Francis Nursery School, Maryland as well as Maryland Primary School, Inclusive Unit.

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Lagos unveils school calendar for 2020/2021

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The Lagos State Ministry of Education has released the approved Lagos State School calendar for the year 2020/2021 session.
According to the time table, public and private schools below tertiary level will resume First Term academic activities on Monday, 21st September, 2020 and end on Friday, 18th December, 2020. The Second Term starts on Monday, 4th January, 2021 and runs until Friday, 16th April, 2021, while students will resume for Third Term on Tuesday, 4th May, 2021 and close on Friday, 6th August, 2021.
The Director-General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Mrs. Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, enjoined all public and private schools in Lagos State to adhere strictly to the harmonised school calendar, urging school leaders to have qualitative health and safety plans that will help protect students, teachers and workers as schools reopen.
Mrs. Seriki-Ayeni said, “It is not enough to reopen but to stay open since some schools all over the world had to shut down after reopening due to a spike in the pandemic. All schools must, therefore, make efforts to comply with these requirements, not just for the improvement of the overall school operations but for the safe reopening of academic activities to support the Lagos State Government’s quest for a full return”.
While advising schools to have flexible teaching and learning plans, where students and teachers who feel sick can teach or learn from home via available online platforms, Seriki-Ayeni said schools must strive to avoid any COVID-19 infection among all students and staff.
The Director-General further advised that teachers, students and visitors must wear facemasks at all times, observe physical distancing, embrace regularly handwashing with soap under running water and maintain a high standard of personal hygiene within the school premises.
She emphasised that schools must have an isolation/holding bay to care for medical emergencies should anyone come up with symptoms such as cough, headache, catarrh, difficulty in breathing, sneezing and fever.
Seriki-Ayeni also stated further that measures put in place by the government include online registration of public and private schools in Lagos State with the OEQA, taking a School Self-Risk Assessment as well as undergoing an online training course in order to obtain the reopening clearance for academic activities on the OEQA website: www.oeqalagos.com.
Noting that the registration exercise will help the Office to determine the level of preparedness as well as guide schools on conditions for a safe reopening, she implored school leaders to embrace new learning styles like outdoor classes, staggered attendance, platooning or alternative attendance, among others, in collaboration with parents to foster a safe and secure environment.

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Lagos fumigates schools ahead resumption

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Preparatory to the planned resumption of terminal class students, the Lagos State Government has intensified the periodic fumigation/decontamination of all public secondary schools.
A press release by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Mrs. Aderonke Odeneye on Saturday stated that majority of the public secondary schools in the six educational districts have been reached.
While adding that the exercise was part of the resumption protocol/guidelines for the secondary schools in the State, Odeneye emphasised that Lagos has continued to adopt measures to ensure that the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic is effectively contained.
She said, “The fumigation exercise which is on-going preparatory to resumption next week for terminal classes will continue after the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) Exams. The periodic exercise which commenced in late June has been effected in all the Model Colleges across the six educational districts in the State”.

According to her, the schedule of the fumigation exercise listed Oduduwa Junior Secondary School, Mushin; New Era Girls Secondary School, Surulere and Oriwu Junior and Senior Model College, Ikorodu among schools that have already been fumigated.
Others included the Lagos State Civil Service Senior Model College, Igbogbo; Igbo-Owu Junior and Senior Secondary School, Mushin and Junior Model College, Igbogbo amongst several others.
The Permanent Secretary urged the schools’ management to make provision for water in the premises with a view to promoting the washing of hands among the students, stressing that pupils must avoid all sporting activities till further notice.
Odeneye also implored them to provide hand sanitisers in all classrooms and hostels as well as ensure that students are tutored on the need to constantly sanitise their hands after every educational activity in the classrooms and wear nose masks always.
“Schools are to enforce physical distancing where applicable and also provide facilities to reduce the risk of the infection amongst teachers and students. Disinfection of shoes and feet should be strongly encouraged frequently for each student to reduce bacterial infection that could lead to any ailment during their stay in the school”, she advised.

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Lagos seals five private schools holding physical lessons

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Five private primary and secondary schools have been sealed off by the Lagos state government for flouting the order on school operations in the state. Recall that governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu directed all schools to be shut as the deadly Covid-19 spreads in the state.

According to the Director-General of the Office of Education Quality Assurance under the state Ministry of Education, Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, the schools were sealed after government officials caught them holding physical lessons for pupils right on their premises.

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She said the step was imperative after her office observed that physical classes have been going on among some private schools across the state, adding that the state government will soon publicly announce the names of the schools and their penalties will also be announced to them as soon as possible.

According to a report, some of the affected schools are situated at Abule Taylor, U-Turn, Pleasure, and Oke-Odo, in Abule-Egba and Ojota.

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