By Adesina Wahab
As students in the third high school class resume in Lagos on Monday, the Office of Education Quality Assurance has issued guidelines for the reopening of schools and urged owners to adhere to the guidelines as they the reopening and evaluation of the schools will take place simultaneously.
The Director General, Ms. Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, stated this while briefing journalists in Ikeja, Lagos.
Seriki-Ayeni, who emphasized that the reopening of the school focuses only on Senior Secondary School 3 students and not on students from other classes, added that the published guidelines were in line with the Federal Government’s position on the matter.
Therefore, he advised all private school owners, approved or not, to study the published guidelines and develop a template for their reopening plans.
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He advised the general public, school owners, parents, and students to continue to adhere to the safety and hygiene measures in the guidelines because the success of the reopening of the schools was contingent and largely depended on the ability to flatten the curve as a society.
“We also want to make sure that all school owners, administrators, and administrative staff complete online training on our website. After the training, they are expected to complete an online self-assessment form to indicate that they have successfully completed the training.
“What is expected of them during the training is that they have to create their own reopening plans based on our template on distance learning plans, blended learning plans, health and safety protocols such as classroom fumigation, provision of running water and soap for washing hands. “Others include staggering student time to maintain social distance and taking steps to determine how many students must be physically together at any given time.
“Health and safety officers must be available on the premises and schools must also have a plan for Ciovid-19, such as having knowledge of local isolation centers. They must also have learning managers who ensure that students learn at home or at school. It will monitor the assessment to measure the quality of student learning, it will help teachers with the learning plans and the curriculum. ”
The Director General further stated that after developing resumption plans, private schools should proceed to register for authorization to reopen by visiting the agency’s website at www.oeqalagos.com or www.lagoslearnstogether.com to complete basic information about their schools and the self-assessment form to indicate readiness.
“High-level Education Quality Assurance officers who underwent rigorous training on the new normal will lead teams in all six state educational districts to access schools in preparation for reopening, especially in social distancing.
“They have been trained on how to support schools and teachers and to make sure schools are up to date throughout the process. The visit to schools by quality control officers will be based on information submitted online, therefore schools must go through the entire process to indicate that they are ready to reopen. After a successful visit, schools will be issued an authorization indication such as a barcode to indicate that the school has met the requirements. “
Finally, the Director General warned that the Lagos State Government would continue to seal and sanction private schools that continue to defy the closure directive of the Governor of the State of Lagos, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.