Lagos Govt. Releases Schools Resumption Date For 2020/2021 Academic Session

Lagos Govt. Releases Schools Resumption Date For 2020/2021 Academic Session

According to the time table, all public and private schools below tertiary level will resume their First Term academic activities on Monday, September 21, 2020.

The term is scheduled to run until 18 December 2020 and the second term will begin on 4 January 2021 and run until 16 April 2021.

Mrs Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, Director of the Office of Quality Assurance Education (OEQA), advised all public and private schools in the state to conform strictly to the harmonized school calendar.

The Director encouraged school management to provide a “qualitative health and safety strategy” to help protect students, teachers and staff as schools re-open in the state.

“It’s not enough to re-open but to remain open, as several schools around the world had to close down after the pandemic spike re-opened.

Schools Resumption Date For 2020/2021 Academic Session

Schools Resumption Date For 2020/2021 Academic Session

“All schools must make efforts to comply with these conditions, not only to enhance overall school operations but also to ensure a healthy re-opening of academic activities,” she said.

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It also advised schools to have flexible teaching and learning plans where students and teachers who feel sick can teach or learn from home through available online platforms.

Seriki-Ayeni said that schools would strive to prevent any infection of COVID-19 in their school.

She also recommended that at all times, teachers, students, and visitors must wear a face mask.

She said students had to follow physical distances, wash their hands frequently with soap under running water, and uphold a high level of personal hygiene in school premises.

She said that schools must have an insulation/holding bay to take care of medical emergencies should students experience symptoms such as cough, headache, catarrh, trouble breathing, sneezing, and fever.

It also claimed that the additional steps put in place by the Lagos State Government through the Office of Quality Assurance Education are for public and private schools in Lagos State to register electronically with the OEQA.

They shall take the School Self-Risk Assessment and take an online training course for the re-opening of academic activities on the OEQA website: www.oeqalagos.com.

According to her, this would allow the Office of Quality Assurance Education to assess the degree of preparedness, as well as to advise schools on what they need to set up to ensure a healthy re-opening.

She encouraged school leaders to incorporate new learning methods, such as outdoor classes, phased attendance, platooning, or alternative attendance, among others, in partnership with parents in a safe and secure environment.

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