The Lagos State government has directed all primary and secondary schools, all public and private schools across the state to be closed from today Tuesday, October 20th 2020. This follows the tension generated by the #EndSARS protests.
The government had last week scheduled full reopening of the schools for Monday, but protests across some states in the country on Monday escalated with many businesses and offices shut in Lagos.
Aside the state government secretariat and offices of various government agencies that were shut on Monday, many more roads were also blocked by angry youth who accused the government of impunity, corruption and maladministration.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, says government took the decision as part of the measures aimed at ensuring the safety of the pupils/students, parents, and all staff working in schools at this critical period.
However, she advised parents to keep an eye on their wards and not allow them to be used as willing tools in the hands of those who might want to hijack the protests to unleash mayhem on the society.
The Commissioner also encouraged schools to utilize other means of distance teaching and learning such as radio, television, and online media, as they have been doing during and post COVID-19 lockdown.
She said a new date of resumption for all classes will be announced as soon as possible.