Governor Sanwo-Olu gives update on school resumption in Lagos

The Executive Governor of Lagos State Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced August 3 as the resumption date for schools in Lagos State.

Governor Sanwo-Olu announced the new school reopening date during a media briefing on Friday, July 3. The governor said the resumption date is for those in graduating classes first: SSS 3 and Tech III.

Governor Sanwo-Olu said the decision to reopen schools for graduating students was taken after a meeting with stakeholders in the education sector.

The governor said:

“We just finished a very long meeting with various stakeholders in the education sector. That is what has kept us for the past two hours. And so, for the avoidance of doubt, students impacted by this directive would be in the transitional class of JSS 3, SSS 3 and Tech III, the technical schools three, as well.”

He added:

“The commencement date for this would be from Monday, August 3, 2020. SSS 3 and Tech III will start. But for JSS 3, we’ll wait for another one or two weeks and we’ll see how we’ve taken the first set of Tech 3 and SSS 3 before they now subsequently would open.

“This permitted opening would apply only to day schooling; no boarding activity of any sort is permitted at this time. School authorities are expected to spend this period, between now and August 3, to prepare themselves well and get the right directives from our ministry of education and the quality assurance office under the ministry of education.”

For students in tertiary institutions, the Governor said “they’ll continue to enjoy their online academic activities” until the state takes a decision on physical resumption.

On weddings, funerals, events and other forms of mass gatherings, the governor said all restrictions applying to mass gatherings will remain in force (no more than 20 persons permitted.

Opening times for government and private offices, markets, supermarkets, eateries and so on, will remain as approved.

Churches, mosques and other places of worship will remain CLOSED in Lagos State, until further notice.

All social and events centers, and social clubs, will also remain closed, for now, as well as bars, day and night clubs, cinemas, games arcades, beaches and beach fronts, gyms and spas.

Eateries and restaurants will continue to open as normal for takeout only. In-dining is still Prohibited. Mask usage in public places remain mandatory – defaulters will be charged to court.

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