STUDENTS TURNED BUS CONDUCTORS, MECHANICS DURING SCHOOL CLOSURE – LAGOS COMMISSIONER

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The Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, has lamented that many students were already roaming the streets and gradually losing interest in learning before the reopening of schools.

The commissioner noted that some of the students did jobs like mechanic, bus conductor, hawking on the streets during school closure.

She said this in a statement titled, ‘School resumption: LASG tours public, private schools to monitor compliance’.

The commissioner had paid an unscheduled visit to some schools across the State on Monday in a bid to ensure that administrators, teachers, and students comply with the COVID-19 protocols upon resumption.

Adefisayo expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance of the schools, adding that the government is very concerned about the safety of students and their teachers.

The commissioner decried that allowing students to lose interest in learning “is very detrimental to their growth”.

She stressed that the reopening of schools has been a very difficult decision amidst the COVID-19 pandemic as most vulnerable children are really going through a tough time.

“Many have already been put to work, doing jobs like mechanic, bus conductor, hawking on the streets, thereby exposing themselves to societal ills rather than being in schools which is a safer environment,” she added.

Nursery, primary and secondary schools in states including Lagos, Ogun, Ogun, Ebonyi and Nasarawa resume academic activities on Monday for the second term of the 2020/21 academic year.

Some higher institutions, both federal and state, had also signified their intentions to resume academic activities today.

Resumption at basic schools was delayed in many states following the second wave of COVID-19 as well as the advice by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

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