School resumption: Confusion as Lagos ministry disowns new calendar

School resumption: Confusion as Lagos ministry disowns new calendar

- The ministry of education in Lagos has disowned new academic calendar flying on the social media

- Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had on Saturday, August 29, announced that all schools in the state would resume on September 21

- The ministry, however, said that though the governor announced the resumption date, it has not issued out any academic calendar

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Two days after the announcement of the resumption date for all schools in Lagos state, the Education Quality Assurance (OEQA) unit of the state ministry of education has warned the public to disregard a resumption time table flying around on the social media.

The Nation reports that the time-table claims to be the 2020/2021 academic calendar, states that the first term of the session would start September 21, 2020 and end December 18, 2020.

Legit.ng gathered that the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had said that the resumption date he announced was not cast in stone.

The purported calendar also gives January 11, 2021 and May 3, 2021, as the start dates for the second terms, adding, “The ministry of education, science and technology enjoins all stakeholders and members of the public to take note of the details of the academic calendar.

“Full academic programme should commence on the first day of each term. All public holidays are to be observed as may be directed by federal/state government. All public and private schools are to adhere strictly to the school calendar.”

School resumption: Confusion as Lagos ministry disowns new calendar
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu addressing press at the state House, Marina, Lagos. Credit: Twitter/Gboyega Akosile.
Source: Twitter

However, a statement by the public affairs officer, OEQA, Emmanuel Olaniran, said the calendar did not come from its office.

“Please be informed that the academic calendar above did not emanate from the Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA). Kindly disregard,” it reads.

A pointer that the calendar is not from Lagos is that it refers to the authorizing body as the ministry of education, science and technology.

Lagos state has its ministry of education separate from the ministry of science and technology.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun, the vice-chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU), disclosed how students in the institution would resume following state government's new directives on school reopening.

It was reported that Gboyega Akosile, the chief press secretary to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said both primary and secondary schools would tentatively be reopened on Monday, September 21.

In a subsequent development, LASU VC, Prof Fagbohun, on Monday, August 31, said students would resume in batches beginning from September.

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