Schools reopening: Lagos to announce modalities on Wednesday

As preparation towards reopening of schools and allow some sets of students in primary and secondary schools in Lagos State to resume and sit for their terminal examinations to enable them to seek admission for further studies, the state government will likely announce publicly the modalities and protocols that will guide such reopening on Wednesday or Thursday.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotosho, gave this hint in an exclusive interview with Tribune Online on Tuesday.

Recall that the Federal Government on Monday had recommended the gradual reopening of schools nationwide and to begin with the primary six pupils, JSS3 and SS3 students, to enable them to sit for their terminal exams.

According to the commissioner, Lagos State is ready to reopen schools as nobody is happy or comfortable to shut down schools, but was only waiting for the Federal Government’s guidelines and protocols.

“There is nothing the Federal Government will say on this matter that Lagos State will say it is not ready for. We have been looking towards when the schools will be reopened and also preparing towards that and having a hitch-free operation.

And once the Federal Government announces the protocols, I can assure you that the Lagos State would key into these protocols. But we should all wait till tomorrow (Wednesday) or next tomorrow when to announce the details of the reopening in Lagos State,” he said.

But when asked that the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 had already given insight into the guidelines, especially as regards adherence to safety measures, he said “that happened just last night and therefore the state government would announce its own guidelines that all the stakeholders – proprietors, students, teachers and parents will all know where we are in Lagos State.”


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