Lagos forecloses plans to seal schools over resumption date

Director-General, Lagos State Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA), Mrs. Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, has disclosed that the state government has no plans to seal schools over resumption date, as it would be counter-productive to learning goals.

In a statement, issued yesterday, she said 640 of the 720 schools visited complied with the January 4, 2022 resumption date as directed by the state government, representing a compliance rate of about 89 per cent.

Commending the schools that complied with the directive, Seriki-Ayeni, lamented that about 80 schools failed to comply, but insisted that the government had no plans to seal any school over the issue, as doing so would endanger learning.

She explained that rather than seal the affected learning institutions, the OEQA issued letters and placed stickers of non-compliance on the gates of schools that disobeyed the order.

Seriki-Ayeni also clarified that the directive for public and private schools to maintain a uniform academic calendar was not new, as it had been in place for several years, adding that the enforcement was necessary, because of interruptions to school days occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdowns.

She recalled that in June 2021, there were meetings between representatives of the state government, private school proprietors and associations, as well as other relevant education stakeholders where it was agreed to ensure that the academic calendar and the January 4 resumption date were maintained.

SIMILARLY, the Oyo State Government, yesterday, expressed concerns over the low turnout of students in public schools across the state, as students resumed for the second term of the 2021/2022 academic session.

Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran, stated this during inspection of primary schools in Ibadan.

Adeniran, who visited some institutions of learning in Ido, Ibadan North, Ibadan South-West, Ibadan North-West councils, noted that while teachers resumed in some public schools in the axis, several pupils failed to resume for academic activities.

“There are some schools where we did not meet substantial number of students in classes. We appeal to parents to release their children and wards to resume for normal academic activities, which have commenced,” he said.

He restated the state government’s policy that stresses the need for head teachers and all teachers to hold pre-resumption meetings before commencement of academic activities.

Adeniran deplored failure of some schools to hold the parleys, stressing that holding the meetings during school hours, was detriment to the pupils, as they could disrupt their lessons.

He, therefore, cautioned head teachers to desist from such acts and urged them to monitor the activities of teachers and pupils in their schools.


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