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Schools, Parents Comply With Lagos New Resumption Date

Babatunde Fashola, Former Governor of Lagos state

By Niyi Adeyi/Ayo Balogun

Compliance to the Lagos state Government late announcement on Sunday regarding the school new resumption date, was gradual but eventually total.

AFRICAN EXAMINER observed that a very handful of parents perhaps abiding by the previous directive (September 22 ) by the Friday government as well as authorities of their wards’ schools (private) prepared the pupils, but had to return them home as most of the schools have displayed notices, announcing October 8, 2014 as the new resumption date in line with the latest state government’s announcement.

Visit by our Correspondents to Agege area, as well as Ojokoro, Iju and Ogba in Ifako Local council area confirmed almost zero turn out in some of the private schools. However, both the academic and non academic staff resumed work early Monday morning.

A Principal of a private school in Iju/Agege area, Mr. Yusuf Wasiu told AFRICAN EXAMINER that his school shifted the resumption date to comply with Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) new date. He informed further that the extension would also allow the school to improve on its sanitary provisions to check the spread Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) before final resumption in about two weeks time.

Premises of some private schools in the the local government areas were deserted with only members of staff attending to few parents coming in trickle for one inquiry or another and visitors.

However, there is a little difference in a private school in Omole estate, around Ojodu, of Ikeja Local government area of Lagos state. When AFRICAN EXAMINER visited, signs of academic activities were observed in all the branches of the schools  within the same estate.

The school vehicles were seen parked outside the premises, with the drivers in their official outfit, indicating few pupils might have resumed. AFRICAN EXAMINER was directed to meet and speak with the school’s head in another branch, but he declined to grant interview.

The actual level of turn out could not be ascertained. Yet, ARRICAN EXAMINER saw some parents who brought their kids in mufti but told our Correspondent that they decided to make their children stay back till necessary provisions were available as well as the existing cases to complete. The new resumption date according to them was in order.

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