The Lagos State Government has said final year students of tertiary institutions will return to the classrooms before students in other levels do.
The Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Tokunbo Wahab, stated this on Thursday while responding to questions on Channel Television’s Sunrise Daily.
Wahab also said the Government of Lagos State has put in place, measures aimed at ensuring the safe reopening of schools.
“I am pleased to announce that our tertiary institutions will be allowed to reopen from September 14, 2020, all our tertiary institutions,” the governor had said, adding that secondary and primary schools would resume a week after.
The governor’s aide said, “Basically, we are at a point where scientifically we’ve been proven to have flattened the curve. And it invariably means that we are not as exposed as we used to be some five, four, three months back. So, consequently, we have to find a way to bring our lives back to normal. And in doing that, education is very critical to whatever we are going to do.”
“In the past few weeks, we’ve been putting in place measures and facilities that will enable our children come back to school. Even at that, what we seek to do from next week is to start a phased reopening of our tertiary institutions.”
“On the 14th we have announced that our tertiary institutions are going to open to our students for the first time after six months.”
Wahab said the students have been having their lectures online all the while and “they are going to come on campus to have their revision one-on-one and then they can now have their exams and their projects.”
“For our secondary from on the 21st, they are also going to have a phased resumption. For our tertiary (institutions) from on the 14th, we are going to start with the final year students across our tertiary institutions. With those final-year students, we are sure that they are older, they are more mature, and they are going to meet up with the protocol as put in place by the institutions based on the regulations of the NCDC (Nigeria Centre for Disease Control).”
“After we have phased them out, maybe after their exams, then, those in the penultimate year will come on campus. So, we are not going to put all our students on campus at the same time.”