The Lagos State Government and its counterparts in Ogun, have said that only students preparing to write the West Africa Senior School Certificate Exams (WASSCE) will resume schools on August 4.
This disclosure was made known on Tuesday by the education commissioners in the two states, in what will be the first phase of gradual resumption of school, despite the spike in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria.
The Lagos state Commissioner of Education, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo confirmed to reporters that pupils in Senior Secondary 3 (SS3) classes will resume on August 4, in order to prepare and partake in WASSCE that would commence on August 17.
In a related development, the Special Adviser to the Ogun State Governor on Education, Mrs. Ronke Soyombo, also confirmed school resumption would be for only Senior Secondary 3 Students in the State.
But both the Lagos and Ogun State Government, disclosed that they are yet to decide to reopen schools for students in Junior Secondary School Classes (JSS3)
However, Mr. Foluso Daramola, who is the Commissioner of Education, in Ekiti State, said a decision would be taken JSS3 classes after a meeting with the State Governor, Kayode Fayemi.
“I am just coming from a meeting at the Governor’s Office on the issue. We will make a statement on it,” the commissioner said.
The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba had on Monday, July 27, confirmed that Federal Government Colleges (Unity Schools) will resume on August 4 for SS3 students to prepare and participate in the forthcoming WASSCE.
The Ministry of Education, in a statememnt, said students would have two weeks to prepare for WASSCE that would be conducted by the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) for exit classes.
Lagos and Ogun State remain the epicentre of the Coronavirus Pandemic in Nigeria, with both having 14,848 and 1,326 respectively, according to the report of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) as at Tuesday, July 28.