The Ministry of Education has said unequivocally that public and private schools in the state will reopen on Tuesday, January 4, 2021, to begin the second term of the 2021/2022 academic year.
This comes as the state’s Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo, encouraged school administrators in both public and private schools in the state to strengthen security measures in order to reduce insecurity and unpleasant incidents.
In a statement, LASG urges administrators to step up safety in schools.
The commissioner directed school administrators to ensure that all potential danger outside the walls of the schools is escalated to appropriate safety and enforcement agencies through stipulated channels, while also ensuring that all exposure of students to danger within the school premises is neutralised.
The commissioner restated Governor Babajide Sanwo-warning Olu’s that bullying, cultism, and other vices would not be accepted in Lagos schools, and she urged school officials to strengthen student counseling against such vices.
Sylvester Oromoni, a 12-year-old boarding student at Dowen College in Lekki, was allegedly harassed to death by five of his classmates, according to news reports.
The case, which is now in court, has sparked national outrage, with many observers urging the state government to resurrect, adequately fund, and strengthen its education ministry’s inspectorate divisions in order to effectively monitor schools and schoolchildren, and to jolt school proprietors and parents out of their trance.