The Lagos state government have responded to plans by a few private schools within the state to resume on Monday April 27th for the third term school session by online teaching.
Lagos state currently is on lockdown and in an attempt to keep the educational calender running with no interruption, several private schools have chosen online teaching. Interested schools have emailed parents letting them know of intentions to resume on Monday and expecting them to pay the school fees of their wards which is either the normal rate or at a subsidized rate.
Responding to this development, the state Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo in a statement released, emphasized that schools haven’t resumed for third term in the state. She however recognized initiatives by some schools to engage their students but appealed to these schools to talk extensively with parents and find a win-win solution that will be acceptable to all stakeholders..
Read the statement below
The attention of the Lagos State Ministry of Education has been drawn to the plans by some private schools in the State to resume academic activities for the third term of the 2019/20 session by online teaching. This is with effect from Monday, 27th April, 2020.
As we are already aware, the State is presently on lockdown imposed by the Federal Government over the Covid-19 pandemic. The Ministry regards the “resumption” by schools as a strategy for ensuring that students continue to learn while the school calendar continues as planned.
Please, note that the third term resumption remains postponed until directives to the contrary.
Most schools are charging for this online service; often at a discount on existing tuition fees while some schools are charging full fees.
Parents are concerned about the cost to them of this programme, ranging from fees charged by schools to cost of data and devices as well as the cost of fuelling generators to ensure steady electricity power supply. Parents also have to supervise online teachings to guard against the exposure of children to pornography, in addition to online harassment and bullying.
The Ministry calls for continuous dialogue between school administrators and parents. We are aware that most parents are not working and earning money at the moment. We are also aware that schools continue to incur costs as teachers and other members of the staff have to be paid for providing online teaching. Furthermore, the schools, in some cases, will have to purchase devices for teachers and provide them with data to prepare for the daily teaching activities.
In view of the aforementioned, we ask that schools consult extensively with parents and find a win-win solution that will be acceptable to all stakeholders.
The Ministry wishes to state categorically that all schools in Lagos State remain closed and have not yet been opened for the third term. The State continues to offer free teachings on various media, especially radio and television. It will continue to improve on the educational offering of its distance learning programmes. We are pleased that students and pupils across private and public schools are taking advantage of this free service. Plans are also underway to ensure that our children in public schools are able to complete their term whenever the lockdown is lifted.
Mrs Folasade Adefisayo
Honourable Commissioner for Education
22nd April, 2020