COVID-19: Schools must adopt guidelines to be reopened - Education commissioner
- Lagos state commissioner for education, Folashade Adefisayo is speaking on the possibility of schools reopening
- Adefisayo explained that government officials are already working out guidelines which must be adopted before schools are reopened
- The commissioner added that Lagos state is working with the federal government to re-open schools as soon as possible
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Folashade Adefisayo, the commissioner for education in Lagos said the state government is meeting with federal ministry of education to work out guidelines that must be adopted before schools will be re-opened.
According to a report by Vanguard, Adefisayo who disclosed this during an online show, Covinspiration show, said they are watching how the pandemic turns out to see the next step.
The commissioner went on to note that the Lagos state government is working with the federal government and the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) on to re-open schools as soon as possible in the country.
Speaking on the possible re-opening of schools, which were closed due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the commissioner said the decision is not one any state can unilaterally take on its own.
She further said schools will resume for learning when they are certain the children are safe.
Recall that the federal government disclosed that schools nationwide will soon be opened without giving any particular date when the reopening of schools will take place.
The minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, made the disclosure on Thursday, May 21, during the briefing by the presidential task force on COVID-19.
He, however, said that the reopening of schools will not be done in two weeks as being speculated in some quarters.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the House of Representatives said all schools in Nigeria whether public or private should be fumigated before they are reopened.
The legislators made the statement in a letter to the minister of education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, by its committee on education.
The House said students in the country should be made aware of the dangers posed by COVID-19 and possible ways of protecting themselves from being infected. The lawmakers also urged the minister to reach students in rural areas with online teaching which was recently introduced to keep the students busy.
In other news, Popular activist, Shehu Sani, has said it is currently unsafe to reopen schools across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The former senator on Monday, May 25, pointed out it dangerous to contemplate reopening schools, particularly primary and secondary schools during this period. Sani said parents do not think it is safe to allow their children back to school.
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