Lagos developing protocols to reopen schools – Education Commissioner


Lagos state is considering different options in its bid to reopen schools.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo, said this at the annual ministerial press briefing of the state Ministry of Education on Tuesday.

Adefisayo said although the Federal Government would decide when schools would open, the state was putting measures in place to protect pupils.

She added that there must be protocols that will address schools with large gatherings, so they were considering asking the pupils to come to school on different days to avoid crowds.

The commissioner says the ministry of education is working with development partners, to arrive at a paper protocol, which will be shared when approved, within a few days.

Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo

She said, “Recall that the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday said schools remain closed. I can’t give you a date when schools will resume in Lagos, but we are working with development partners and ministries of education across the country to come up with a series of protocols on how we will be able to manage when we open schools. So, we are working behind the scene; we have a paper on the protocols and we will start to share as the paper is finally approved in a few days’ time.”

“There must be protocols that will address schools with large gatherings. There are many things we are thinking of; we are thinking about pupils not coming to school every day so that we will be able to spread the children across the whole school. Pupils don’t have to be in their class to learn; they can learn in a room with tables and chairs”, the commissioner added.

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