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JAN 4 RESUMPTION: LAGOS STATE HAS NO PLANS TO SHUT DOWN ANY SCHOOL – OEQA DG

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By Aishat Momoh. O.

Mrs. Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, Director-General, Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA), has stated that 640 out of 720 schools visited by the OEQA conformed with the Lagos State Government’s January 4, 2022, resume date, indicating an 89 percent compliance rate.

Mrs. Seriki-Ayeni praised the schools that followed the State’s resume schedule, but expressed disappointment that over 80 schools did not. She did clarify, however, that the administration has no plans to close any schools because this would be detrimental to learning.

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Rather, the OEQA simply issued letters and placed non-compliance stickers on the gates of schools that defied the mandate, according to the DG.

The OEQA chief stressed that the need that public and private schools use the same calendar was not new; it had been in effect for some years. She did say, however, that the increased enforcement was necessary due of the disruptions to school days caused by COVID-19 and the resulting lockdowns.

Mrs. Seriki-Ayeni recalled discussions in June 2021 involving representatives of the State government, private school proprietors, private school associations, and other key education stakeholders, at which it was decided to adhere to the calendar and the January 4th date.

“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,” the DG said in a statement on Sunday.

She urged Lagos State’s public and private school administrators to work with families to ensure that children arrive at school on time and begin the new term on a positive note.

“The State government expects compliance and will continue to dialogue with all schools on subjects relevant to the growth of education in the State, just as we did in the past,” Mrs. Seriki-Ayeni stated.

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