By Amaka Abayomi
AHEAD of its September 11 schools’ resumption, the Lagos State Government has reiterated its commitment to offering the best education for pupils of private primary and secondary schools in conducive and secured environment through zero tolerance for substandard schools in the state by sealing off some schools.
This was disclosed by the director general, Office of Education Quality Assurance, OEQA, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Mrs. Ronke Soyombo, during an enforcement exercise embarked by her office in the six education districts in the state to ensure quality teaching and learning in a conducive, healthy and secured school environment for pupils.
She said, “the commitment of the state government to ensuring standard, quality education and safeguarding pupils across schools in the state ultimately led to the sealing off of substandard schools. The exercise is to ensure strict compliance to the Lagos State Ministry of Education approved guidelines as the state government is committed to preparing future leaders who are cerebrally ready to move the state forward.
“We insist that conducive and standardized environment, quality teaching and learning, monitoring and evaluation of schools, safeguarding and child protection practice remains the prerequisite for approval of schools in the state.”
Schools affected are those that operate from residential buildings for security, safety and child protection reasons, schools with inadequate classrooms, school compounds used as churches and inadequate toilet facilities. Other areas of disaffection include insecurity of lives and properties due to structural defects, dirty and unkempt environment not conducive for effective teaching and learning and unapproved schools.
She advised owners of schools where closure or relocation notices were placed to desist from removing the notices as such an act attracts strict sanctions and prosecution by the state government.
Meanwhile, public and private schools in the state have been directed to resume academic activities for the 2017/2018 session on September 11. According to OEQA, all proprietors and school administrators are to ensure compliance to the Lagos State Government unified resumption date and the 2017/2018 unified school calendar.
Soyombo said: “All students and members of staff are expected back at school by September 11th, 2017 while those in boarding schools are to return on September 10, 2017.”