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Lagos Tertiary Institutions To Resume September 14 For Only Final-Year Students

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The Lagos State Government has revealed that final-year students will resume tertiary institutions across the state before students on other levels as schools prepare to reopen next Monday September 14.

Tokunbo Wahab, Special Adviser on Education to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, made this known on Thursday September 10 while speaking to Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily. Schools in the country had been shut in March as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease.

But after the Federal Government announced the resumption of graduating pupils last month to write this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination, Sanwo-Olu followed suit by announcing the reopening of schools in Lagos starting with tertiary institutions.

The governor had said that “tertiary institutions will be allowed to reopen from September 14, 2020”, adding that secondary and primary schools would resume a week after.

Speaking on Thursday, Wahab explained that the government had put in place necessary facilities and processes to ensure a safe reopening of classrooms in the state, Punch reports.

He also emphasised that the students in the state will resume in phases. 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 reportedly said the students have been having their lectures online all along 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.”

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Continuing, he said, “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.

For our secondary, from on the 21st, they are also going to have a phased resumption.”

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