As primary and secondary schools in Lagos State resumed for the second term of the 2021/2022 academic session on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, pupils and students’ turnout was incredibly low in most public schools.
Reports also have it that most private schools defied the resumption order given by the government, as checks revealed they have fixed their resumption date for Monday, January 10, 2022.
Public schools where low turnout was recorded is in areas such as Meiran, Alagbado, Oshodi and others, even though their teachers were at their duty posts.
At Model College, Meiran, Community Grammar School, Alagbado, Ikeja High School among others, students started coming in at about 8 am.
It was gathered that most parents and their wards are still basking in the holiday mood.
For private schools, findings showed that most of them had put January 10 as the resumption date when closing for the first term last December.
A staff of the Lagos State Ministry of Education, who spoke in confidence to newsmen, said officials of the ministry went round to monitor the resumption exercise but was silent on whether sanction would be imposed on private school owners who failed to resume.
LagosPost reported that the Office of Education Quality Assurance, OEQA, had last Friday issued a statement directing all schools, whether public or private, to resume on Tuesday.
According to the statement signed by OEQA’s Director-General, Mrs Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, it states the resumption was in line with the agreed timetable for academic activities for the session.