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EndSARS Protests: Lagos Orders Closure of Schools in the State

Written by Abigael Ibikunle

Lagos State Government has ordered the closure of schools in the state indefinitely.

This was announced in a press statement by the state’s Head of Public Affairs, Ministry of Education, Kayode Abayomi, on Monday.

The statement which was titled, ‘Lagos directs students to stay at home’ quoted the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, as saying that the schools were shut down over “tension generated by the anti-SARS protests.”

It was gathered that academic activities were affected in some schools in the state on Monday as protests against police brutality and bad governance continue.

According to the statement, “The Lagos State Government has directed all pupils/students in public and private schools to stay at home following the tension generated by the anti-SARS protests.

“A new date of resumption for all classes will be announced as soon as possible.”
Adefisayo reiterated that “the safety of the pupils/students, parents and all staff working in schools is paramount at this critical period”.

She, however urged 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 implored schools to deploy other means of distance teaching and learning i.e radio, television and online media as they have been doing during and post the recent COVID-19 lockdown.

It should be recalled that the Lagos State Government had earlier approved Monday, October 19, 2020 for resumption of both public and private schools in the state.

Schools in the state were previously closed to curb the spread of coronavirus in the state.

Adefisayo, who made the announcement in a press statement last Monday, said the physical resumption, which was for the 2020/2021 academic session, would include pupils in pre-primary, daycare, kindergarten, and nursery schools.

It was however, discovered that many students and teachers had difficulty in getting to schools in the state on Monday.

Violencewas also reported in the Yaba area of the state as some hoodlums attacked operatives of the Rapid Response Squad.

Source revealed that some of the pupils and teachers had to trek long distances to get to schools because the #EndSARS protesters mounted roadblocks in strategic locations in the state in a bid to express their displeasure.

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Abigael Ibikunle

Associate Correspondent at Edugist, Abigael Ibikunle is a Mathematics Education graduate. A professional Journalist and a passionate writer. She can be reached via: abigail@edugist.org/+2347035835612

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