CoronavirusEducationWhy Lagos Govt Wants JSS3 and SS2 Students to Resume Before Other Classes

Students in Junior Secondary School Three and Senior Secondary School two have been directed by the Lagos State government to resume on Sept 21.

The government said its phased approach to school opening was to meet COVID-19 physical distancing rules and safety protocol.

“Phased opening includes strategies for staggered resumption in the mornings, classes on alternate days during the week, and teaching through various distance learning methods. Schools must also comply with safety protocols and hygiene guidelines as instructed by the State Government, through the Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA), which will also continue to monitor and evaluate schools’ preparedness.

“Present set of JS3 and SS2 students in public schools in the State are to t resume classes from Monday, 21st of September, 2020, so as to allow JS3 students who are already in an exit-class to revise and prepare adequately for their forthcoming Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) organized by the Lagos State Examination Board and scheduled to hold between Tuesday, 6th October and Monday, 12th October 2020,” Folashade Adefisayo, the Commissioner for Education said.

Mrs Adefisayo said the resumption schedule gives students the opportunity to prepare effectively for their transition to SS3. She urged students in ‘yet-to-resume-classes’ to continue lessons on distant learning platforms created by the government.

Pre-primary classes in public and private schools are to remain closed until further announcements are made, the government said.

Schools in Lagos and across the country were hurriedly shut down in March when the COVID-19 began to spread. In August, they were reopened partially, to allow SS3 students to write their Senior School Certificate Examination.


Adeola Oladipupo (Correspondent)
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