The Honourable Commissioner for Education, Lagos State, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, on Sunday, September 13, announced the plans; for both Public and Private Schools resumption in the State after the lockdown of schools as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This was contained in a statement issued via the Head, Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Mr Kayode Abayomi.
Adefisayo said the state would adopt a phased approach in opening public schools.
“This phased approach to opening will enable public schools meet COVID-19 social distance rules; and safety protocols; and will help us watch the behaviour of the pandemic; as we gradually open up our schools.
“The present JSS 3 and SSS 2 students in public schools in Lagos State are to resume classes from Monday, 21st of September, 2020.
“The resumption will permit the present JSS 3 students who are already in an exit class to revise; and get adequately prepared for their forthcoming Basic Education Certificate Examination organised by the Lagos State Examination Board and scheduled between Tuesday, 6th and Monday, 12th of October, 2020.
“Also, the resumption will also afford the present SSS 2 students an opportunity to prepare effectively for their transition to SSS 3. The scheduled dates and venues for Entrance Examination into Lagos State Model Colleges will soon be announced by the State Examination Board,” the statement reads in part.
The commissioner assured parents that announcements for the reopening of the other classes would be announced soon.
She further appealed to private primary and secondary schools owners in the state to prioritise safety first; and open in phases similar to the plans for public and schools.
Meanwhile, the management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has come under criticism after several Nigerian students; studying in the UK universities under its sponsorship said they are still stranded abroad.
This is despite the commission’s claim that it has remitted money for their tuition and stipend.
In August, the NDDC had stated that it approved over $5.9 million (about N2.28 billion) to 197 students; who are of the 2019 batch on its scholarship programme.
The commission said it had also begun the processes for the payment of school fees owed 94 scholarship beneficiaries for the 2018 batch.
However, some of the students – the 2018 batch – have come out to say that the NDDC deliberately excluded them from the payment.
“The NDDC selectively handpicked those it paid without any defined criteria; and is refusing to pay fees; grants; as well as upkeep of 2018 scholars for no justifiable reason whatsoever,” the students explained.