Coronavirus: Sanwo-Olu seals 10 private schools for flouting closure directive

Coronavirus: Sanwo-Olu seals 10 private schools for flouting closure directive

- Lagos state government has sealed 10 private schools for violating closure directive

- All schools have been closed by Governor Sanwo-Olu to prevent the spread of COVID-19

- Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, the director-general, office of education quality assurance, however, said a large number of private schools were found to have complied with the directive

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For flouting the closure directives of the federal and state governments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of students, the Lagos state government has closed 10 private schools.

Channels TV reports that the director-general, office of education quality assurance, Lagos state, Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, who led the monitoring and investigation team of the office, disclosed this during the second and third phase of the massive monitoring of private schools compliance to the directive to curb the spread of the virus.

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Coronavirus: Sanwo-Olu closes 10 private schools for flouting closure directive

The Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Photo Credit: Twitter/Gboyega Akosile.
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She said that the exercise would be continuous and encompassing, cutting across all the education districts in the state to discourage the nonchalant attitude of some schools to the directive.

“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 dramatically over time. On the field, we want to stay put to what we know is true and we want to consistently do it to students and school-based staff,” she added.

Seriki-Ayeni, who earlier warned of the danger inherent to the exposure and clustering of students in a class in the name of lessons, strictly reiterated that any school where teaching and learning are ongoing while trying to beat government scrutiny without concern for the health and safety of learners will be closed.

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She pleaded with them to embrace the norm of online schooling, advising that parents should not be found guilty for exposing the lives of their children to danger.

Seriki-Ayeni encouraged school owners to begin the process of thinking through the opportunities that exist at this time to up-skill their staff through online virtual training and webinars.

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“This is the time to think and plan strategically to form good partnerships with government in order to get resources for your schools,” she urged parents.

Meanwhile, had previously reported that Lagos state government reassured its residents that the COVID-19 test is free for all Lagosians at every coronavirus public testing laboratory.

It was reported that the information was disclosed in a statement signed by Gbenga Omotoso, the state commissioner for information and strategy.

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