Sanwo-Olu okays reopening of schools with SSS3, others

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The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced the partial reopening of schools for students in SSS 3 and Technical School III on August 3.

Announcing the date at a media briefing, the governor said the decision was taken after a meeting with stakeholders in the education sector and added that pupils in primary schools and Junior Secondary School three students would resume school a week or two weeks after the SSS3 students’ resumption.

Sanwo-Olu said the window period is for schools authorities “to be able to prepare themselves well and get the right directives from our ministry of education and the quality assurance office under the ministry of education.”

For students in tertiary institutions, the governor said “they’ll continue to enjoy their online academic activities”, pending the decision taken on physical resumption.

He said, “Tertiary institutions will remain closed. We continue to support online teaching during this period.

“However, students in the transitional classes who have mandatory public examinations ahead of them will be permitted to resume for revision classes and examinations. The commencement date for this will be from Monday, August 3rd.

“All educational establishments are to follow the guidelines for the reopening. We just finished a very serious with stakeholders in the educational sector for the reopening.

“SS3 and TECH three students are to start; for JSS3, and primary six they will wait for about a week or two before resumption.

“This permitted opening will for only day schooling. No boarding activities are permitted during this time. School authorities are expected to prepare well from now till August 3.” Sanwo-Olu added.

The Federal Ministry of Education on March 19 ordered closure of all tertiary, secondary and primary schools nationwide over the outbreak of the coronavirus in the country. The ministry said it is part of measures to contain the spread of the virus.

But last week, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 said schools can be reopened for graduating students in primary and secondary schools across the country.

The Federal Ministry of Education issued guidelines for the reopening and it required schools to adopt the use of distant learning centres and temporary shelters.

It advocates disinfection and fumigation of facilities including hostel accommodation, with particular attention on those used as temporary isolation and treatment centres.