The government of the state of Lagos has announced a new academic structure.
The State Commissioner for Education, Ms. Folasade Adefisayo, announced this in a statement from the Ministry’s Public Affairs Director, Mr. Kayode Abayomi, on Sunday 13 September 2020.
However, Adefisayo congratulated the upper secondary, SS 3 students who successfully completed their WASSCEs (West Africa School Senior Certificate Examinations) and urged them to stay safe even while waiting for their results.
The Commissioner stated that the plan for reopening a new 2020/2021 academic session in public schools is: “The ministry is taking a step-by-step approach to opening public schools.
“This phased approach to opening will allow public schools to adhere to COVID-19 social distancing and safety protocols, and will help us monitor pandemic behavior as we gradually open our schools.
“Current Junior Secondary School, JSS 3 and SS 2 students in public schools in the state are scheduled to resume classes on Monday, September 21, 2020.
“The resumption will allow current JSS 3 students already in an Exit class to take their upcoming Elementary School Certificate (BECE) exam organized by the Lagos State Examination Board between Tuesday 6th and Monday 12th, to be revised and adequately prepared from October 2020. “
Adefisayo stressed that the re-admission would also offer the current SS 2 students the opportunity to effectively prepare for their transition to SS 3, while the planned dates and locations for the entrance exam to the Lagos state-run model colleges will soon be announced by the state examination board .
“We assure parents that announcements about the opening of the other classes will be made as soon as we are sure of their safety.
“In the meantime, the unopened public school classes will continue teaching on our various distance learning platforms (online, radio, television and WhatsApp) while the next phase of physical resumption will be announced in due course,” she said.
Adefisayo instructed private elementary and secondary schools to resume starting Monday, September 21, 2020, and the state government strongly recommends and encourages school owners to put safety first and open in phases that reflect the plans to public Schools are similar.
“The gradual reopening also includes strategies for staggered resumption in the morning, lessons on alternate days of the week, and lessons through various distance learning methods.
“The schools must also comply with the safety protocols and hygiene guidelines that have been instructed by the state government through the Office for Educational Quality Assurance (OEQA).”
Adefisayo said OFQA will continue to monitor and assess schools’ readiness and compliance with school safety protocols.
She claimed that “preschool classes and schools in public and private schools will be closed until further announcements are made.
“The state government wants to remind the schools that the pandemic is still with us and that we must make the safety of our children, teachers and parents and our entire community our top priority in all situations,” said Adefisayo.
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