The Lagos State Government has shuts down ten private schools for going against Covid-19 regulations issued by government to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
This was disclosed by the Director General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Lagos State, Mrs. Abiola Seriki-Ayeni.
Ayeni, who led the monitoring and investigation team, during the second and third phase of the massive monitoring of private schools compliance to the directives found out that the schools where flouting government directives.
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She said “No doubt, COVID-19 has had negative effects on our schools but we want students to come out stronger and better. “We want to make sure schools are closed; we also want to make sure schools are adhering to the closure directive since the number of COVID-19 infection cases has increased over time.”
According to her, a large number of private schools visited across the state were found to have complied with government directives while the non compliant ones have been sealed.
The exercise which she said would continue across all the education districts in the state seeks to discourage the nonchalant attitude of some schools to this directive.
She further warned that any school where teaching and learning is ongoing while trying to beat government scrutiny without concern for the health and safety of learners will be sealed.
Ayeni encouraged parents and school owners to abide by the directive of the Lagos State Government to stay safe and follow all health guidelines put in place in containing the Covid-19 pandemic such as washing of hands with soap, wearing of mask in public places and using alcohol based hand sanitizer.
However, Ayeni urge schools to embrace the norm of online school and also to empower and improve the capacity of their staff through online virtual training and webinar that will help in academic learning without physical contact.