The Lagos State government has revealed that only final year students will resume classes as tertiary institutions reopen on Monday, September 14.
Recall that Governor Sanwo-Olu had announced the re-opening of schools in the state, starting with tertiary institutions on September 14, 2020.
However, Mr Tokunbo Wahab, the Special Adviser on Education to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Thursday, September 9, explained that the students in the state will resume in phases.
Mr Wahab 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 to 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.”
Mr Wahab explained further, “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.”
According to Mr Wahab, the students have been having their lectures online all along. He said, “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.”