It was jubilation galore for students in Lagos State as Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos State announced that schools would reopen in Lagos State from September 14. Students across the state have welcome the announcement by the state government. Last Saturday, Sanwo-Olu announced that tertiary institutions would be allowed to open from September 14th, 2020, while primary and secondary schools may be reopened on September 21. The students, under the aegis of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Chapter, commended the state government for the school reopening.
Miftahudeen Thanni, The Amir (president) of the MSSN, Lagos made this known in a press statement. Thanni urged the state to ensure compliance with COVID-19 protocols in schools. “We are joyous with this development. However, we appeal that basic amenities should be provided. Considering that markets and other open places have been opened, there would be no convincing reason to shut schools down”, he said.
He added that “But we must ensure that schools are well-prepared to accommodate these pupils and ensure that this does not lead to community transmission. We urge the government to provide the required facilities and ensure a thorough compliance with COVID-19 guidelines. While we call for the cooperation of parents, teachers, lecturers, and students in ensuring that the government does not regret reopening schools. “.
The students reiterated calls for the provision of palliatives for private schools in the state. “We also appeal to government across all levels to assist private schools with palliatives. This will help to cushion the effect of COVID-19 on the schools and their teachers. This has been done in other sectors and education should not be left out…. We are scared that there may be a massive job loss in many private schools with COVID-19 not likely to go away any time soon,” the statement added.