Tentatively, the Lagos State government has fixed September 21 for the reopening of secondary and primary schools in the state, while tertiary schools owned by the state are likely to reopen a week earlier.
To this end, stakeholders in the education sector have started expressing their mixed feelings on the development.
Though a majority of those who spoke to Tribune Online on Sunday said they received the news as a welcome development as they are fully prepared for resumption, a few, especially parents of students in public schools still seeing those schools as not totally safe at this time since COVID-19 is still raging.
The state recorded the first index case of the virus six months ago, after which it shut down not only schools but all activities in the state to curtail the spread of the disease.
Speaking separately in an exclusive interview with our correspondent, the chairman of Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Lagos State chapter, Mr Adedoyin Adesina; President of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Lagos State, Mr Olawale Mohammed, and his counterpart in charge of League of Muslim School Proprietors (LEAMSP), Mr Fatai Raheem, as well as President of Association of Formidable Educational Development (AFED), Mr Orji Kanu have all expressed their full preparation towards reopening.
Similarly, the Head of Press and information department of Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, Mr Ademola Adekoya, also told our correspondent that the university had been waiting all along for the announcement as it has fully prepared.
They said they were not afraid as there is nothing to worry about than for each of them as stakeholders and government to live up to their respective roles in making sure that all given safety guidelines and protocols against the spread of COVID-19 are adhered to by all concerned statewide.
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