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COVID-19: Lekki Schools Closure Not Ordered By Lagos Govt — Ministry

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The Lagos state Ministry of Education has denied it ordered that two private schools in Lekki area of the state be shut down due to fear of COVID-19.

GWG had earlier reported that the closure of Lagoon Girls’ Secondary School and Standard Bearer Secondary School, both sited at Lekki area.

A report earlier quoted by GWG had claimed that the two private schools had reported their situations to the Office of Education Quality Assurance, Lagos State Ministry of Education.

“From what I gathered, I do not think it was our office that discovered the schools.  The schools reported themselves.  I could not speak with the team lead that went there to give me the vivid picture of what happened when they got there,” the source was quoted.

Meanwhile, a statement released Tuesday night by the spokesman for the ministry, Mr Ganiu Lawal, the ministry said it did not order the closure of two private schools in Lekki, Lagos.

“The reported closure of two private schools in Lekki did not follow a directive from the Government, as speculated in the media.

“Preliminary finding by the Lagos State Ministry of Education, according to the Hon. Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, revealed that the closure of the two schools was a decision of the school proprietors to pre-empt the likelihood of further spread of a reported Covid-19 case by a parent at Standard Bearer Secondary School, Lekki.

“However, the Ministry has contacted the management of both Lagoon Girls Secondary School and Standard Bearer Secondary School in Lekki and the schools confirmed the closure as a proactive measure.

“The school owners further revealed that learning will continue online, until the coast is clear that students and staff of the schools will be safe to have physical contact.

“The Commissioner advised school proprietors to adhere strictly to Covid-19 preventive measures to ensure safety of students and staff.

“Parents are urged to remain vigilant to ensure that the State Government’s efforts at reducing negative effect of Covid-19 are not fruitless,” the statement read.

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