As the gradual resumption of schools is expected to commence on Monday, August 3, 2020 with students preparing to write their West African Examination Council Examination (WASSCE), the Lagos State Government has announced various safety guidelines to be followed in line with the COVID-19 protocol.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday in Alausa, Ikeja, the Director General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Mrs. Abiola Seriki-Ayeni said the government will ensure compliance with the guidelines to safeguard learners, teachers, workers and parents during this time.
To realize this objective, the Office of Education Quality Assurance’s evaluators will be visiting schools across the State’s six (6) Education Districts to ensure compliance.
According to the Director General, some of the guidelines among others include thorough fumigation of all schools’ environment including classrooms, chairs and desks, provision of running water and washing hand soap, provision of hand sanitizer, and wearing of face mask.
Others are avoiding close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness and maintaining social distance and one meter physical distancing in sitting arrangement.
Seriki-Ayeni reiterated that SSS3 students are going back to school for the purpose of revision towards their examinations, which come up in two weeks’ time.
“We issued these guidelines towards readiness for the reopening of schools. Presently, schools resumption is limited to SSS 3 students, as they prepare for their final examinations”, said she.
The Director-General disclosed that that during the reopening exercise, officers from her Office would be going round to issue clearance to schools base on compliance level to the guidelines for reopening of schools.
She said: “It is of immense importance that the Office monitors strict adherence to the protocol to prevent infection and the spread of COVID-19 among the students”.
Since the closure of schools in March, 2020, as a result of the pandemic, the Director General said the Office of Education Quality Assurance has embarked on massive sensitization to ensure public and private schools adhere strictly to the directive of the Lagos State Government with regards to closing down of schools.
According to her, in the on-going monitoring exercise, the Office successfully visited 121 schools across the Six (6) Education Districts in the State and sealed 18 private schools that defied the closure directive of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu.