The Director-General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Mrs Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, has disclosed that the state government will not hesitate to shut schools if there is a spike in COVID-19 cases after the reopening of schools.
She made this known during a two-day training for school leaders and educators on the sustainable approach to the safe reopening of public and private schools in Lagos State.
She said, “Schools must be willing and ready to close or shut down briefly should there be a case of COVID-19 occurrence in the school premises. It is not enough to reopen but to remain open since some schools all over the world had to shut down after reopening due to a spike in the pandemic.
She urged school leaders to have qualitative safety plans that would help protect students, teachers, and workers when schools reopen in the state.
She also advised schools to have flexible teaching and learning plans where students and teachers who felt sick could teach or learn from home via online platforms.