The Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo, has stated that the state is contemplating different options in its bid to reopen schools.
At the annual ministerial press briefing of the state Ministry of Education on Tuesday, Adefisayo stated that the state was putting measures in place to protect pupils, although the Federal Government would decide when schools would open,
The commissioner recalled that the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday said schools remain closed, and could not give a date when schools would resume in Lagos, but she was working with development partners and ministries of education across the country to come up with a series of protocols on how they would be able to manage when schools are opened.
She further stated that while working behind the scene, they would have a paper on the protocols and will start to share as the paper is finally approved in a few days’ time.
She explained that there must be protocols that would address schools with large gatherings.
Adding that there are many things they are thinking about, which includes pupils not coming to school every day so that they will be able to spread the children across the whole school.
She said pupils do not have to be in their class to learn; that they could learn in a room with tables and chairs.Adefisayo added that a total of 3,000 primary and secondary schoolteachers had been recruited.
Meanwhile, as of May 20, each state that had imposed a stay-at-home order or shelter in place had begun lifting the restrictions of businesses and public spaces.
People were allowed, in some places, to go back to restaurants and offices and places of worship. Some people have ventured out; some people continue to stay home as much as possible.
State officials and health experts say they want to see expanded testing, tracking contacts of people who had the virus, improved treatment options and vaccine development when they consider moving on to the next step of the reopening process.