The Lagos state government has ordered the immediate closure of all schools in the state following the ongoing #EndSARS protests. The order was contained in a statement released on Monday, October 19 by the state’s Head of Public Affairs, Ministry of Education, Kayode Abayomi.
The statement quoted the state Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo, as saying that the schools were shut down over “tension generated by the anti-SARS protests.”
The statement reads in part:
“The Lagos State Government has directed all pupils/students in public and private schools to stay at home following the tension generated by the anti-SARS protests.
A new date of resumption for all classes will be announced as soon as possible.
The safety of the pupils/students, parents and all staff working in schools is paramount at this critical period”.
Adefisayo advised parents to “keep an eye on their wards and not allow them to be used as willing tools in the hands of those who might want to hijack the protests to unleash mayhem on the society”.
Schools in the state were previously closed to curb the spread of coronavirus in the state. The Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, who made the announcement in a press statement last Monday, said the physical resumption, which was for the 2020/2021 academic session, would include pupils in pre-primary, daycare, kindergarten, and nursery schools.
As it is, many students and teachers encountered difficulty in getting to schools in the state on Monday.