Lagos opens boarding houses as schools resume next week

The Lagos State Ministry of Education has sanctioned the reopening of its boarding schools to receive SS3 pupils resuming next Monday.

In a statement issued by the ministry through the Education Commissioner, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, it was announced that day and boarding students would be expected back in school August 3 for revision ahead of the West African School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) starting August 17.

“Only SS3 and Technical Study Three (TEC3) students are permitted to resume at day and boarding Schools on August 3 for revision classes and examinations,” she said.

Lagos State runs 16 model colleges and upgraded secondary schools that have boarding houses.

Private schools are also to resume for SS3 students only.

Meanwhile, the Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA) would commence an assessment to clear schools fit for resumption.

Director-General, OEQA, Mrs. Abiola Seriki-Ayeni said at a press briefing in Alausa on Wednesday that all schools have been directed to fill self-assessments forms based on resumption guidelines, which Quality Assurance would evaluate before visiting the schools. She said schools that pass the assessment would then have their status changed from ‘Open’ to ‘Cleared’.

“The Lagos Sate Government, Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA) is realizing guideliens for the safe reopening of schools and learning facilities to safeguard learners, teacerhs, workers and parents during this time. And to realise the objective, the OEQA evaluators will be visiting private schools across the six education districts to ensure compliance.

Few of what to expect include: thorough fumigation of all school environment including classrooms, chairs and desks, provision of running water with soap, provision of hand sanitizer, wearing of facemask, avoiding close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness, and maintaining social distance,” she said.

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