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LAGOS STATE TO BEGIN SCHOOLS INSPECTION FOR SAFE REOPENING AMIDST COVID-19 PANDEMIC

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…extends schools reopening registration process to Monday, 23rd November 2020

The Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA), Lagos State Ministry of Education, organized a 2-day physical training for its senior OEQA evaluators on schools inspection and evaluation, schools reopening plan review and scoring guide to ensure public and private schools below tertiary level in the state stay safely reopened amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The training which was a continuation of a zoom meeting held recently on safe school reopening for the over Four Hundred (400) evaluators was officially declared opened by the Director-General, Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA) Mrs. Abiola Seriki-Ayeni at the Lagos State Education Resource Centre (ERC), Ojodu.

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At the training, the Director General disclosed that the reopening process which started with online registration ends with a safe to reopen clearance. She added that the deadline for school reopening registration which was first slated for 5th of November has now been postponed again to the 23rd of November 2020 to allow more schools to register.
She reminded the evaluators to note that the essence of the training is to help support schools at all times especially on safe school reopening. According to her, evaluators are mandated to ensure that schools continuously sensitize students, teachers and parents on the need to constantly and diligently observe the Federal and the Lagos State COVID-19 safety protocols during school hours and at all times. At the school, evaluators must also observe clear evidence of the elements of the reopening guidelines in and around the premises. They are also required to have their identity cards on them during visits to schools and ensure visitor’s books are duly signed.

For further enlightenment, Mrs Seriki-Ayeni enjoined all public and private schools in the state to visit the download resources of the reopening process link on OEQA website www.oeqalagos.com for ‘Emergency Guidance for Public and Private Schools’, ‘Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of COVID-19 in Schools and Boarding Facilities’ and ‘OEQA Rapid Assessment Tool for Remote Learning During COVID-19 Lockdown and Closure of Schools’.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) W-Holistic Solutions, Mrs. Olanrewaju Oniyitan while speaking to the evaluators at the training, disclosed the evaluation metrics of scoring schools, guiding them on what to look out for in school plans during the visit before final clearance to reopen is issued. This will help identify if a school is safe to reopen, need more work or need a total rework using submitted schools plan.
She advised that schools must continue to adhere strictly to all safety protocol measures saying that COVID-19 is still at the community transmission stage and all hands must be on deck to ensure Lagos State and the country at large do not experience a spike in the pandemic.

Mrs. Okeyinfu Ajayi, who also facilitated at the training, emphasized the need for schools to clearly state their operational plans, health and safety, academic and learning as well as data and communication plans in their reopening process registration which is in line with the Federal and Lagos State Government safety measures for schools. She also added that it is a must for schools to make provision for virtual or remote learning, in case there is need for a school to shut down due to COVID-19 so as to make sure learning continues. No student should be left behind in the quest for achieving qualitative education in line with Mr. Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s T.H.E.M.E.S. Agenda on education.

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