The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said that private and public secondary schools would partially be reopened on August 3rd for students in transition classes of Senior Secondary school three and Technical class three to commence revision classes ahead their examination.
Besides, the Governor said the Primary Six pupils will be graded by their already recorded Continuous Assessment (CA) to pass over to secondary schools.
On Friday while addressing newsmen on the State’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response in Marina, the governor said the schools’ re-opening must follow established public health guidelines and protocols in the State.
The governor stated that the hours approved for academic resumption in schools would be during the day and that students including boarding students, must leave school premises immediately after their class.
Sanwo-Olu said: “Students in transitional classes, who have mandatory public exams ahead of them, are now permitted to resume for revision classes and examination. All education establishments are to follow established public health guidelines and protocols for re-opening the schools for these categories of students. The commencement date for this opening will be on August 3, 2020, for SSS 3 and TEC 3 students only. Dates for JSS 3 schools’ re-opening for revision classes and examinations will be announced in due course.
“The permission to opening will apply only to Day-Schooling; boarding activities are not permitted at this time. School Authorities are expected to spend the period between now and the day of re-opening to put in place infrastructure, protocols, and essential items required to comply with all hygiene, safety, and physical distancing requirements.
“Our tertiary institutions are to continue their online academic activities which are at various advanced stages. For Primary Six, we are using Continuous Assessment to determine how they graduate into JSS 1. We are doing this to slow down risk factors and manage the situation in measure”.
The Governor also directed that hairdressing salons that had been accredited by the Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC) could open strictly on appointment and with a maximum occupancy of 50 percent of the total floor space at any given time.
Sports facilities and recreational parks in residential estates, Sanwo-Olu said, would be permitted to operate with a maximum of 20 persons at any given time.
The Governor directed civil servants from Grade Level 1 to 12 to continue working from home and improve themselves through dedicated online Learning Management Systems (LMS) portals.
Sanwo-Olu said personal responsibility is now more important than ever, stressing that the Government would now be strict in enforcing the use of face masks in public places.
The Governor said the enforcement agencies would start to arrest people found in public places without face masks. Defaulters, he said, will be prosecuted.
He said: “At this phase in the evolution of the pandemic in our society, taking personal responsibility is now more important than ever, not only for self-protection but also for protecting other people, including your loved ones.
“Mask usage is mandatory in public places. We are asking offices and business and commercial premises to refuse entry to any persons not wearing masks, in line with the Presidential Task Force directive on ‘No mask, No service’. Enforcement agencies will from this week charge defaulters to court, as the period of grace is now over”.