…To embark on thorough visits to schools
The Lagos State Government has closed ten private schools that violated the lockdown directives of the federal and state governments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to guarantee the safety of students.
This was revealed by the Director-General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Lagos State, Mrs. Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, who spearheaded the Monitoring and Investigation team of the office, at the second and third phase of thorough monitoring of private schools compliance to the directive to curtail the spread of the coronavirus still bewildering the country.
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According to Mrs. Seriki-Ayeni, many private schools visited across the state were found to have complied while the non-compliant schools have been closed. She further stated that the next phase of the visit would cut across all the education districts in the state to discourage the nonchalant attitude of some schools to this directive. The safety of the students is pertinent while keeping the guidelines.
“No doubt, Covid-19 has had negative effects on our schools but we want students to come out stronger and better. We want to make sure schools are closed; we also want to make sure schools are adhering to the closure directive since the number of Covid-19 infection cases has increased dramatically over time. On the field, we want to stay put to what we know is true and we want to consistently do it to students and school-based staff,” Mrs. Seriki-Ayeni.
The Director-General, who earlier warned of the risk associated with the exposure and gathering of students in a class for the lesson, affirmed that any school where teaching and learning are ongoing while trying to beat government scrutiny without concern for the health and safety of learners will be sealed.
While addressing parents and school owners, she encouraged them to obey the directive of the Lagos State Government to stay safe and healthy by promoting washing of hands with soap, wearing of masks in public places, and using alcohol-based hand sanitizer. “This is a unique time in the entire world, therefore, it is only the living that learns.”
She enjoined them to embrace the norm of online schooling. She also advised parents not to be culpable for exposing the lives of their children to danger. She encouraged school owners to utilise the opportunities that exist at this time to equip their staff for online virtual training and webinar.
“This is the time to think and plan strategically to form good partnerships with government in order to get resources for your schools,” she urged parents.