By Dare Ojelade, Lagos
The Lagos State House Committee on Education on Tuesday, 25 August, 2020 commenced inspection of public and private schools in the State to ensure that authorities of the schools are adhering to the guidelines put in place to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus reports The Gazelle News.com.
Final year students resumed recently to write their terminal examinations. The tour by the committee was sequel to the observation that most of the schools have not been observing the guidelines which may trigger increase in the spread of the deadly virus.
The Committee which was led by the Chairman, House Committee on Education, Hon. Oluyinka Ogundimu visited schools in Education District 1, Agege. The schools visited include: Diary Farm Senior Secondary, Government Senior College, Girls Senior High School, Lagooz Schools International, Abibat Mogaji Millennium Senior Secondary School, Vetland Secondary School and Ifako Ijaye International Secondary School.
Hon. Ogundimu commended the authorities of the schools visited so far on the level of compliance they have set up with the facilities in their various schools noting that, “What we need to do is to encourage them more and call on the Ministry of Education to support and strengthen them whenever they need support.
“What we have seen on ground is not so bad, the facilities we met on ground really show that there are attempts by all of them to really work against the spread of COVID-19, however, there is room for improvement”.
Hon. Ogundimu said, “That the fight against the virus goes beyond just the schools only”, adding that, “with the support of the School Management, Ministry of Education, Quality Assurance Unit of the Ministry of Education and that of parents because parents have a role to play; if we can put all these together, I know with their support we should be able to achieve a mileage.”
He noted that no case of COVID-19 has been recorded among the students writing examinations in Lagos State so far which is a confirmation of the efforts put in place by the various school managements in collaboration with the various agencies and stakeholders.
It would be recalled that the House resolved during Plenary on Monday, 17 August, 2020 to commit the inspection of public and private schools in Lagos State to the Committee on Education and report back in two weeks..
Other members of the committee who went on the inspection tour include: Hon. Olawale Abdul-Sobur, Hon. Desmond Elliot, Hon. Raheem Adewale and Hon. Bisi Yusuff.