Lagos schools to resume despite rising COVID-19 infections
Lagos schools maybe reopened despite rising numbers of COVID-19 infections in the State, says the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Folashade Adefisayo.
Adefisayo disclosed this yesterday during an online show, Covinspiration Show, moderated by a United Nations Youth Ambassador, Dayo Israel.
The commissioner stated that there are ongoing efforts for Lagos schools to resume the academic activities as Federal and Lagos State governments are working on guidelines which will facilitate the re-opening of schools. She revealed this while giving scorecard of the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration for almost a tenure.
“Like other sectors already approved by the Federal Government to re-open, the state government is meeting with officials of the Federal Ministry of Education to design guidelines that must be adopted before the schools will be re-opened,” she affirmed.
She disclosed further that, “We are watching the behaviour of the pandemic to see what happens next and we are working with the Federal Government on the reopening of the schools in the country as soon as possible.
This is not a decision that any state can unilaterally take on its own. If we are certain that the children are safe, we will re-open the schools for learning to resume.
We are already working with the Federal Ministry of Education and they are working with National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on the guidelines that could be adopted when the need arises for the schools to re-open.
After the protocol is completed and health officials assure us that the coast is clear, we will give the schools some days to adjust their premises in accordance with the guidelines on commencement of academic activities.”
While speaking on the plans of Lagos Government towards the next academic phase, Adefisayo asserted that, “We have concluded the recruitment of 1,000 secondary school teachers. And we are currently working on the recruitment of 2,000 teachers for public primary schools.
We are looking at employing teachers every quarter because the rate of retirement of teachers is very high in Lagos. The administration has granted the ministry permission to replace retired teachers.”
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