The Lagos State Government has expressed dissatisfaction over non-compliance to the directive on schools resumption for a new term, three days after the official date, with some private schools still on holidays, while schools attendance is not encouraging in those that resumed.
The Director-General, Office of Education, Quality Assurance, OEQA, Mrs. Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, who led a team to monitor compliance with the resumption in some parts of Lagos, yesterday, said the refusal of some schools to implement the harmonized academic calendar was unfortunate.
‘’It is part of our duties that we have a harmonized school calendar developed in conjunction with all our stakeholders, and that was done last June after a series of meetings with all Stakeholders. The calendar was published last July and sent to all appropriate quarters.’’
‘’We noticed that some did not comply with the calendar the last term when we were to have the mid-term break. With this COVID-19 issue, we need to make maximum use of the time we have to teach our children. Going round today, the compliance level could be better. We are not relenting on sensitizing Stakeholders, ‘’ she said.
Asked what would happen to schools that have not resumed, Seriki-Ayeni said,’’ We sealed such schools with stickers indicating that they did not comply with the resumption guideline. We also gave them letters containing what the next line of action would be. However, our main aim is to let everybody understand the importance of having a strong start whenever the term commences.’’