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Lagos not closing any school down for flouting January 4 resumption date

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Mrs Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, the state’s Director-General of Quality Assurance for Education (OEQA), said that the state has no intention of closing any schools since it would be counterproductive to learning.

On Monday, she said in a statement that about 640 of the 720 schools visited by the OEQA met January 4, 2022, resumption date set by the state government, which represents a compliance rate of about 89%.

In addition to praising those schools that adhered to the State’s resumption date, she bemoaned the fact that about 80 schools failed to comply. However, she clarified that the government had no plans to seal any schools since this would be detrimental to learning.

Rather, the OEQA only issued letters and placed stickers of non-compliance on the gates of schools that disobeyed the directive.

The OEQA boss clarified that the directive for public and private schools to maintain a uniform calendar was not new as it had been in place for several years. She, however, said the renewed enforcement was imperative because of the interruptions to school days occasioned by COVID-19 and the accompanying lockdowns.

Seriki-Ayeni recalled that in June 2021 there were meetings between representatives of the State government, private school proprietors, private school associations, and other relevant education stakeholders where it was agreed to ensure that the calendar and the January 4th date would be adhered to.

A statement by the DG said: “For the avoidance of doubt, the Lagos State Government has not and will not shut down any school, as it would be counter-productive to learning.”

She appealed to public and private school administrators in Lagos State to work with families to ensure that children are in school as expected and start the new term on a sound note.

“Just like we have always done in the past, the State government expects compliance and will continue to dialogue with all schools on matters relating to the progress of education in the State,” Seriki-Ayeni said.

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