Lagos state government has announced that primary and secondary schools across the state will reopen for studies on Monday January 18, 2021. Folashade Adefisayo, the commissioner for education in the state made the announcement on Monday. She said this was to enable them start the second term for the 2020/2021 academic year. The Commissioner made this known in a statement signed by Head, Public Affairs in the ministry, Kayode Abayomi.
The commissioner advised teachers and students to comply with the Covid-19 protocols, so as to ensure their safety even as the second wave of the pandemic commences.
As part of the care Adefisayo said teachers or pupils who feel sick should endeavour to stay at home to teach or learn, using the available online platforms provided by the government.
And while in school, the commissioner implored teachers, students, and visitors to wear facemasks at all times. She also encouraged them to observe physical distancing, embrace regular hand washing with soap under running water and maintain a high standard of personal hygiene within the school premises.
Prior to the statement on Monday, the state government had said that while all tertiary institutions in the state were allowed to resume academic activities on Monday January 4th others should wait for government decision on when they were to return to school. That was initially interpreted to mean an indefinite closure of elementary and secondary schools in the state. The earlier statement came in the wake of speculations that the federal government might be considering another lockdown, particularly because the country was expecting vaccines by the end of January. But the commissioner said the January 18th date was in compliance with the federal government directive.