Students, teachers desert Oyo schools as EndSARS protests continue

Students, teachers desert Oyo schools as EndSARS protests continue

- Some students in public and private schools in Oyo state have been asked to stay at home

- The directive was made on Tuesday, October 20, over the on-going protests against the disbanded SARS

- Most of the teachers were said to have been trapped in traffic and were unable to get to school

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The on-going protests by some youths against the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) across the country have forced most private and public schools in Oyo state to suspend academic activities on Tuesday, October 20.

The Nation reports that although the state government has not made any official announcement for their closure, most private schools said the decision was necessitated by hardship students and pupils witnessed on account of the #EndSARS protest in major parts of the state on Monday, October 19.

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The governor of Oyo state, Seyi Makinde, addressing some stakeholders. Credit: Twitter/Seyi Makinde.
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The newspaper said that most schools, especially private, opted to send the notice of closure late in the night in the form of advisory, citing the uncertainty of the protests going awry.

It was reported that some public schools that solely depend on the state government directives opened but students were just strolling, adding that most of the teachers were said to have been trapped in traffic and were unable to get to school.

The report also has it that residents around Challenge, Apata, New Garage, 110, Omi Adio, Molete, Beere, Ojoo, Moniya, Ibadan-Oyo Express road of the state were also not spared the traffic gridlock as roadblocks mounted by the protesters brought everything to a halt.

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that the Lagos state government directed all pupils and students in public and private schools to stay at home following the tension generated by the #EndSARS protests.

It was reported that the state commissioner for education, Folasade Adefisayo, who issued the directive, said the safety of the pupils/students, parents, and all staff working in schools was paramount to the government.

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