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Lagos aligns with FG directive, reopens schools on Jan 18

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Lagos still recording high numbers of daily COVID-19 infections

In spite of the high numbers of daily COVID-19 infections being recorded, the Lagos State Government has reaffirmed its earlier pronouncement that all public and private schools in Lagos State below tertiary level should resume on Monday, 18th January, 2021 for the second term 2020/2021 academic session.

The Honourable Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, who disclosed this today in Ikeja, noted the directive is in line with the Federal Government’s resolution after reaching a consensus with relevant stakeholders.

Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, Lagos State Commissioner for Education

Adefisayo urged all students and members of staff to stay safe and adhere strictly to COVID-19 guidelines, adding that proprietors must provide soap, wash hand basins, alcohol-based hand sanitisers, thermometers and other essential items in public and private schools across the State.

While wishing both students and staff of the schools a happy and successful new academic term, she stressed that washing of hands, wearing of face masks and maintenance of physical distancing must be adhered to in order to avoid further spread of the virus.


The Commissioner, however, reiterated her earlier advice that all schools must ensure strict compliance with subsisting COVID-19 requirements for schools’ resumption, maintaining that administrators of both public and private schools are expected to ensure full compliance with the guidelines for schools’ re-opening as the State’s Office of Education Quality Assurance team will monitor situations in all schools across the State.

A teacher with a face mask gives a lesson to students at a grammar school Lagos on Aug. 3. Photographer: Olukayode Jaiyeola/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Lagos State is the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the past seven days, it has been recording over 500 cases on a daily basis.


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