Sanwo-Olu says schools in Lagos will remain closed when lockdown is relaxed on Monday

As Lagos prepares to gradually ease the COVID-19 lockdown from Monday May 4, 2020, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has rolled out the specific guidelines for different sectors in order to have a balance between public health and the economy.

Prior to the lockdown imposed on the state by President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday March 29, Lagos had put some measures in place to ensure physical distancing which will help the state, the epicentre of COVID-19 in Nigeria, to reduce spread of the virus.

Sanwo-Olu, had earlier announced during a live session on CNN Africa's Instagram page monitored by Neusroom that Public Service workers from Grades 1-12 will continue to work from home while Grades 13 and above will be on a flexible roster managed by the Head of Service.

In his broadcast on Wednesday evening, he said primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the state will remain closed while students are expected to continue learning on alternative media and online channels.

Public and private schools in Lagos have been shut down since Monday March 23 and also postponed third term resumption indefinitely to prevent students and their teachers from getting more vulnerable to the pandemic.

A week after the lockdown started on March 30, Lagos rolled out online and media channel teachings for students in order to make up for the classroom hours lost while sitting at home.

A week ago, the Commissioner for Education, Folashade Adefisayo, warned private schools in the state not to resume academic activities for the third term via online teaching.

"The third term resumption remains postponed until directives to the contrary. Most schools are charging for this online service; often at a discount on existing tuition fees while some schools are charging full fees," Adefisayo said.

"Parents are concerned about the cost to them of this programme, ranging from fees charged by schools to cost of data and devices as well as the cost of fuelling generators to ensure steady electricity power supply.

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