…says Lagos State Commissioner for Education. Federal and Lagos state governments as of yesterday, May 25, 2020 are working out guidelines for re-opening of schools.
The closure of schools was as a result of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lagos state hints that there are plans to employ not less than 2,000 teachers in its public primary schools.
Folashade Adefisayo made this announcement during an online show, Covinspiration show. She is the Lagos State Commissioner for Education. Dayo Isreal who is the United Nations Youth Ambassador was the moderator of the show.
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“Like other sectors already approved by the Federal Government to reopen, the state government is meeting with officials of the Federal Ministry of Education; to design guidelines that must be adopted before the schools will be re-opened.
“We are watching the behavior of the pandemic to see what happens next; and we are working with the Federal government on the re-opening of the schools in the country as soon as possible.
“This is not a decision that any state can unilaterally take on its own. If we are certain that the children are safe, we will reopen the schools for learning to resume.
“We are already working with the Federal Ministry of Education and they are working with National Center for Disease Control, NCDC, on the guidelines that could be adopted when the need arises for the schools to reopen.
“After the protocol is completed and health officials assured us that the coast is clear, we will give the schools some days to adjust their premises following the guidelines on commencement of academic activities.”
Adefisayo made the statement above on the possibilities of re-opening schools while, on the recruitment plan of teachers…
“We have concluded the recruitment of 1,000 secondary school teachers. And we are currently working on the recruitment of 2,000 teachers for public primary schools.
“We are looking at employing teachers every quarter because the rate of retirement of teachers is very high in Lagos. The administration has granted the ministry permission to replace retired teachers.
“Aside from recruitment, we have spent a lot on the training of current teachers to improve their teaching skills in classrooms. And this COVID-19 period was the time when we were able to do a lot of things in the education sector of Lagos state.”
Also the State Government through the Office of the Education Quality Assurance plan to set up an initiative titled “Read Aloud” Lagos.
The idea of the initiative is to create and stimulate the interest of schoolchildren reading books. Launching of the initiative via virtual is set to hold tomorrow, May 27, 2020.
As regards the Initiative, Mrs. Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, Director-General of the Office of Education Quality Assurance said:
“As an education quality assurance person, I was moved by the conviction that children perform better when they are led in the act of reading by someone else.”
Therefore, Reading-Aloud is expected to be the most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success.”
Well, parents are hoping this pandemic will be over soon due to the expenses incurred in training their kids online.
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