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BREAKING NEWS: Lagos orders closure of schools over #EndSARS protests

The Lagos State Government has ordered the closure of public and private schools in the state indefinitely.

This was announced in a press statement by the state’s Head of Public Affairs, Ministry of Education, Kayode Abayomi, on Monday.

The statement was titled, ‘Lagos directs students to stay at home’.

It quoted the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, as saying that the schools were shut down over “tension generated by the anti-SARS protests.”

The PUNCH reports that academic activities were affected in some schools in the state on Monday as protests against police brutality and bad governance continue.

The statement read 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.”

Adefisayo added that “the safety of the pupils/students, parents and all staff working in schools is paramount at this critical period”.

She however 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”.

The Commissioner also encouraged schools to “utilise other means of distance teaching and learning i.e radio, television and online media as they have been doing during and post the recent COVID-19 lockdown”.

Source from Punch

LASG REVEALS PLANS FOR A NEW 2020/2021 ACADEMIC SESSION RESUMPTION

The Honorable Commissioner for Education, Lagos State Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo has announced the plans for both Public and Private Schools resumption in the State after the lockdown of schools as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also wish to congratulate SS 3 students who have successfully completed their WASSCE exams and urge them to stay safe even as they await their results.

The plans for reopening for a new 2020/2021 academic session are as follows:

PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The Ministry is adopting a phased approach to opening public schools . This phased approach to opening will enable public schools meet COVID-19 social distance rules and safety protocols and will help us watch the behaviour of the pandemic as we gradually open up our schools.

The present JS 3 and SS 2 students in public schools in the State are to resume classes from Monday, 21st of September, 2020.

The resumption will permit the present JS 3 students who are already in an exit class to revise and get adequately prepared for their forthcoming Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) organized by the Lagos State Examination Board and scheduled between Tuesday, 6th and Monday, 12th of October, 2020. The resumption will also afford the present SS 2 students an opportunity to prepare effectively for their transition to SS 3. The scheduled dates and venues for Entrance Examination into Lagos State Model Colleges will soon be announced by the State Examination Board.

We assure parents that announcements for opening the other classes will occur as soon as we are certain of their safety. In the meantime, the unopened classes in public schools will continue their lessons on our various distance learning platforms (Online platform, radio, television and WhatsApp) while the next phase for physical resumption will be announced in due course.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS
Private Primary and Secondary Schools in the State are permitted to resume from Monday, 21st of September, 2020 and the State Government strongly recommends and encourages school owners to put safety first and open in phases similar to the plans for public schools . Phased opening also include strategies for staggered resumption in the mornings, classes on alternate days during the week and teaching through various distance learning methods. Schools must also comply with safety protocols and hygiene guidelines as instructed by the State Government through the Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA). The Office of Education Quality Assurance will continue to monitor and evaluate Schools’ preparedness.

Please note that pre-primary classes and schools in both public and private schools will remain closed until further announcements are made.

The State Government wishes to remind schools that the pandemic is still with us and we must in all situations, make the safety of our children, teachers and parents and our community as a whole our first priority.

Kayode Abayomi
Head, Public Affairs
Ministry of Education
13th September, 2020

characteristics of the best school

What are the characteristics of the best schools?

We explore what makes some schools the best schools.
Every now and then the question does occur to me, as it should to you, exactly why is it that I think a certain school is one of the best schools. Inevitably I have to conclude that the best schools have all of the following characteristics. What’s more, they have them in abundance. Now, before you start thinking that I am only talking about older established schools, that ain’t necessarily so. I am aware of a couple of newer schools that fit neatly into the category of best schools simply because they have all of the characteristics explained below. So let’s take a look at what I think the traits of the best schools are.
Great leadership
The best schools have strong, dynamic, dedicated leaders. They are led by women and men who have a clear vision of what they plan to accomplish. They also have the experience to execute their plans in order to achieve that vision. The head of the best school is a superb fund-raiser. She is a capable administrator. She leads by example. She expects the best from everybody in her school community.
The solid support of the trustees
I know of several schools which could have been great. But they never made it because their fractious board of trustees kept getting in the way of progress. Change is never easy. But oftentimes it seems that boards have a rather difficult time with change. That always surprises me because most board members tend to come from business backgrounds. You would think that they would understand that change is inevitable. Better that they should be guiding the changes and ensuring their success than sitting there being intransigent and rebellious.  When the head of school tries to bring the school in line with all sorts of variables such as changing demographics, a reduced applicant pool, an underperforming endowment, and so on, the board needs to work with her and develop a plan to manage change. In the best schools, the board leads the charge. Cheerfully and capably.
Strong financial backing by their graduates
In so many ways a school is only as good as the financial backing its graduates provide. While every head of school dreams of that unexpected $25 million bequest, the reality is that you need to cultivate your graduates. Regular communications, alumni events, homecoming, and reunion weekends all have to be part of the mix in order to generate a strong financial response from your graduates.
Stellar faculty
At the heart of the best schools’ mission is first-rate teaching. That requires well-educated, well-trained professional teachers who are passionate about what they are teaching. They are also passionate about teaching young people. That kind of teaching is right up there with a calling in my opinion. It requires focus and patience which is not often required in other branches of the profession such as, for example, adult education. I have taught both groups. I always find that adults are in the classroom because they want to get ahead by earning some credits or a diploma. Young people, teenagers, in particular, are in such a state of flux that the professional focus and patience which we bring to our work is essential. It is a hallmark of the faculty at the best schools.
Extensive academics
Interestingly enough, extensive academics does not mean lots of AP courses or even an IB curriculum in my opinion. I feel very strongly that course content is important. But it is equally important for young people to have lots of subjects to explore. They can do that at the best schools. The approach may differ from school to school but in just about every case I can think of the best schools offer lots of subjects for their students to explore.
This video from The Latin School of Chicago describes its fine corps of teachers.
Extensive athletics
As I have mentioned at great length in several other articles about private schools, athletics are just simply part of the program. They are not optional. They are designed to teach young people the values of competition, teamwork and respect for others. Wait! Aren’t those the same things that are being taught across the academic side anyway? Yes. That’s an integrated approach to educating the whole child. The best schools are really good at teaching those values.
Extensive extracurricular activities
Tied in with extensive academic and athletic offerings are the extracurricular activities. The best schools will offer a host of activities. Some will be fairly recent additions to the extracurricular activities roster. Others will be perennial favorites. Because the extracurricular activities in a private school are guided and supervised by a member of the faculty or staff, they function at a high level at the best schools.
Superb facilities
The best schools have truly remarkable facilities. I have in mind a smallish Montessori school and a rather grand old, established boarding school. The little Montessori school is the best school in my opinion because it takes the ideals and principles of Montessori education to a level far above anything else I have seen. Everything you would expect is there.
On the other end of the spectrum, the boarding school is housed on hundreds of acres of beautiful property. It has athletic facilities which would rival the facilities found at many universities. Its learning centers and classrooms invite you to be a part of the discussion and learn.
Both the little Montessori and the larger boarding school are accomplishing the same purpose, aren’t they? They are creating an atmosphere in which children can explore. An atmosphere in which order and beauty abound allows a child to feel safe and to dream. The best schools encourage dreaming. Creativity is an essential part of the mix in the best schools. Superb facilities create the backdrop against which such things can indeed happen.
Graduates accomplish things
Go back and review what the graduates of the best schools have accomplished. Greatness was expected by the best schools. The graduate will live up to those expectations. Students at the best schools didn’t just get by. They wanted to do their best. By exerting themselves they accomplished more than they could have ever imagined.
At Potasfield Schools, all listed points make our school stand out over time to be one of the best schools because they offer not one or two of the characteristics on the list above.

Characteristics of An Effective School

Characteristics of Effective Schools

1. A clear and shared focus
Everybody knows where they are going and why. The focus is on achieving a shared vision, and all understand their role in achieving the vision. The focus and vision are developed from common beliefs and values, creating a consistent direction for all involved.

2. High standards and expectations for all students
Teachers and staff believe that all students can learn and meet high standards. While recognizing that some students must overcome significant barriers, these obstacles are not seen as impossible to achieve. Students are offered an ambitious and rigorous course of study.

3. Effective school leadership
Effective instructional and administrative leadership is required to implement change processes. Effective leaders are proactive and seek help that is needed. They nurture an instructional program and school culture conducive to learning and professional growth. Effective leaders have different
styles and roles — teachers and other staff often have a leadership role.

4. High levels of collaboration and communication
There is strong teamwork among all staff across all grades and subject areas. Everybody is involved and connected to each other, including parents and members of the community, to identify problems and work on solutions.5. Curriculum, instruction and assessments aligned with state standards. The planned and actual curricula are aligned with the essential academic learning requirements. Research-based teaching strategies and materials are used. Staff understands the role of classroom and state assessments, what the assessments measure, and how student work is evaluated.

6. Frequent monitoring of learning and teaching
A steady cycle of different assessments identifies students who need help. More support and instructional time are provided, either during the school day or outside normal school hours, to students who need more help. Teaching is adjusted based on frequent monitoring of student
progress and needs. Assessment results are used to focus and improve instructional programs.

7. Focused professional development
A strong emphasis is placed on training staff in areas of most need. Feedback from learning and teaching focuses extensive and ongoing professional development. The support is also aligned with the school or district vision and objectives.

8. Supportive learning environment
The school has a safe, civil, healthy and intellectually stimulating learning environment. Students feel respected and connected with the staff and are engaged in learning. Instruction is personalized and small learning environments increase student contact with teachers.

9. High level of family and community involvement
There is a sense that all have a responsibility to educate students, not just teachers and staff in schools. Families, as well as businesses, social service agencies, and community colleges & universities, all play a vital role in this effort.

 

BREAKING NEWS: Lagos affirms resumptions on January 18, 2021

The Lagos State Government has affirmed its earlier pronouncement that all public and private schools in Lagos State below tertiary level should resume on Monday, January 18, 2021, for the second term 2020/2021 academic session.

This was contained in a press statement by the Head, Public Affairs, Ministry of Education, Kayode Abayomi, titled, ‘Lagos affirms schools’ resumption date of Monday, 18th January 2021′.

The statement quoted the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, as saying that “the resumption is in line with the Federal Government’s resolution after reaching a consensus with relevant stakeholders.”

Adefisayo also urged students and members of staff to “stay safe and adhere strictly to COVID-19 guidelines”, adding that “schools must provide soap, wash hand basin, alcoholic hand sanitizers, thermometers, and other essential items in public and private schools across the State”.

She stressed that washing of hands, wearing of face masks, and maintenance of social distancing must be adhered to in order to avoid further spread of the virus.

“All schools must ensure strict compliance with subsisting COVID-19 requirements for school’s resumption. Administrators of both public and private schools are expected to ensure full compliance with the guidelines for school’s re-opening in their respective schools as the State’s Office of Education Quality Assurance Team will be on the ground to monitor situations in all schools across the State,” she added.

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state effective 4pm Tuesday (today).

The governor made this known in a statement while lamenting that the protests against police brutality and extrajudicial killings had morphed into violence.

He said, “I have watched with shock how what began as a peaceful #EndSARS protest has degenerated into a monster that is threatening the well-being of our society. Lives and limbs have been lost as criminals and miscreants are now hiding under the umbrella of these protests to unleash mayhem on our state.

“As a government that is alive to its responsibility and has shown a commitment to the movement #ENDSARS, we will not watch and allow anarchy in our dear state.

“I, therefore, hereby impose a 24-hour curfew on all parts of the State as from 4pm today, 20th October, 2020. Nobody, except essential service providers and first responders must be found on the streets.”

The #EndSARS protests rocking the country have continued for almost two weeks with youths calling for a lasting reform of the Nigeria Police Force.https://frontend.1worldonline.com/widget/smart3-5eae359d.html#!/widget/9b0ba25c-5faa-433c-af72-a94897eb2780&type=widget&code=9b0ba25c-5faa-433c-af72-a94897eb2780&mode=smart3&token=9b0ba25c-5faa-433c-af72-a94897eb2780-1&location=https%3A%2F%2Fpunchng.com%2Fbreaking-endsars-lagos-declares-24-hour-curfew%2Fabout:blank

All entreaties by politicians and business leaders for the youths to leave the streets failed as they block major highways, thereby, causing gridlock and affecting economic activities.

Suspected hoodlums had also hijacked the #EndSARS campaign in some cities, wreaked havoc on citizens and vandalised public assets in Lagos, Benin, Abuja, amongst other major cities.

The #EndSARS protests rocking the country have continued for almost two weeks with youths calling for a lasting reform of the Nigeria Police Force.https://frontend.1worldonline.com/widget/smart3-5eae359d.html#!/widget/9b0ba25c-5faa-433c-af72-a94897eb2780&type=widget&code=9b0ba25c-5faa-433c-af72-a94897eb2780&mode=smart3&token=9b0ba25c-5faa-433c-af72-a94897eb2780-1&location=https%3A%2F%2Fpunchng.com%2Fbreaking-endsars-lagos-declares-24-hour-curfew%2Fabout:blank

All entreaties by politicians and business leaders for the youths to leave the streets failed as they block major highways, thereby, causing gridlock and affecting economic activities.

Suspected hoodlums had also hijacked the #EndSARS campaign in some cities, wreaked havoc on citizens and vandalised public assets in Lagos, Benin, Abuja, amongst other major cities.

The Lagos State Government has ordered the closure of public and private schools in the state indefinitely.

This was announced in a press statement by the state’s Head of Public Affairs, Ministry of Education, Kayode Abayomi, on Monday.

The statement was titled, ‘Lagos directs students to stay at home’.

It quoted the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, as saying that the schools were shut down over “tension generated by the anti-SARS protests.”

The PUNCH reports that academic activities were affected in some schools in the state on Monday as protests against police brutality and bad governance continue.

The statement read 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.”

Adefisayo added that “the safety of the pupils/students, parents and all staff working in schools is paramount at this critical period”.

She however 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”.

The Commissioner also encouraged schools to “utilise other means of distance teaching and learning i.e radio, television and online media as they have been doing during and post the recent COVID-19 lockdown”.

Source from Punch

LASG RELEASES 2020/2021 ACADEMIC SESSION CALENDAR

The Lagos State Ministry of Education, Office of Education Quality Assurance has released the approved Lagos State school calendar for year 2020/2021 session.

According to the time table, both public and private schools below tertiary level will resume First Term academic activities on Monday 21st September, 2020 while the term runs through Friday 18th December, 2020. The Second Term starts on Monday 4th January, 2021 and runs through Friday 16th April, 2021 while students will resume for Third Term on Tuesday 4th May, 2021 and close on Friday 6th August, 2021.

While enjoining all public and private schools in the state to adhere strictly to the harmonised school calendar, the Director General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Mrs Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, urged school leaders to have a qualitative health and safety plan that will help protect students, teachers and workers as schools reopen in the state.

According to her “it is not enough to reopen but to keep staying opened since some schools all over the world had to shut down after reopening due to a spike in the pandemic. All schools must make efforts to comply with these requirements, not just for the improvement of the overall school operations but for safe reopening for academic activities to support the Lagos State Government quest for a full return”.

While advising schools to have a flexible teaching and learning plans where students and teachers who feel sick can teach or learn from home via available online platforms, Mrs. Seriki-Ayeni said schools must strive to avoid any COVID-19 infection in their school.

Mrs Abiola Seriki-Ayeni further advised that teachers, students and visitors must wear face mask at all time, observe physical distancing, regularly wash hands with soap under running water and maintain high standard of personal hygiene in the school premises. She emphasized that schools must have an isolation/holding bay to care for medical emergencies should students come up with symptoms such as cough, headache, catarrh, difficulty in breathing, sneezing and fever.

She also said further measures put in place by the Lagos State Government through the Office of Education Quality Assurance is for public and private schools in Lagos State to register online with the OEQA, take the School Self-risk Assessment, take the online training course to obtain reopening clearance for academic activities on the OEQA website: www.oeqalagos.com.

According to her, this will help the Office of Education Quality Assurance to determine the level of preparedness as well as guide schools on what they need to put in place for a safe reopening. She implored school leaders to embrace new learning style like outdoor classes, staggered attendance, platooning or alternative attendance among others in collaboration with parents in a safe and secure environment.

OLANIRAN EMMANUEL
HEAD, PUBLIC AFFAIRS
OEQA

SCHOOL RE-OPENING

We wish to inform you that our school will apply phased re – opening.

  • This means only our Upper Primary classes ( Basic 4 to Basic 6) will be returning on Monday 21st September, 2020.
  • While our Lower Primary (Basic 1 to Basic 3) will be joining them on Wednesday 23rd of September, 2020.
  • Our Creche, Playgroup and Nursery classes will be re-opening whenever the State Government announces their resumption.

Meanwhile Our Nursery Two class will join us after three weeks of re-opening (i.e. after conclusion of revision and exams for previous term) to commence their first term in Basic 1.

Every child is expected to come with their face-mask. Please note that, no face-mask no entrance into the school premises.

Further to the directive from the LASG and after much deliberation on our part including the PTA Chairmen, we wish to inform our beloved Parents that the College will reopen in phases. This is to enable the school gradually but adequately carter and adjust accordingly in terms of space, timetable, resources, etc. It will also enable us to fine tune the effectiveness of all our laid down protocols.

The adopted staggered reopening process is as follows:

  •  JSS 3 & SS 2 to resume on Monday 21st September 2020 in line with LASG public school directive
  • ALL OLD Students to resume Wednesday 23rd September, 2020.
  • ALL NEW INTAKES to resume on Monday 28th September, 2020

BUS SERVICE
Our bus services will resume on Wednesday 23rd of September,2020.
Please we are appealing to our Parents involved to bear with us and assist in bringing their children and wards to and from school.

SCHOOL PERIOD

Our school period for now will be 8 AM – 2 PM Mondays to Fridays.

SCHOOL FEES
The school fees advice slip for the term will be available for collection from Monday.

Every student is expected to come with their face-mask. Please note that, no face-mask no entrance into the school premises.

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME
We would be operating in line with the Lagos State Government directives that stipulates schools should run a three week review of the 3rd term work and conduct promotion exams before starting first term work of the 2020/21 academic session. This means no automatic promotion to the next class and our school will adhere to this instruction.

Our first and second Continuous Assessment Scores (CAS) would be used to prepare their second term results which they didn’t write because of the mandatory closure of the school by Federal Government in March.

Please note that all the COVID-19 Pandemic protocols must be strictly adhered to. Please if your child/ward is feeling sick let him or her stay at home until he/she recovers fully.

BOARDING FACILITIES
Please the Boarding Facilities will be open as from Monday, 28th September, 2020

Thank you for your continuous cooperation and patronage.

anwo-Olu. Photo: TWITTER/JIDESANWOOLU

LASG announces phased resumption for public, private schools

The Lagos State Government on Sunday announced plans for both public and private schools resumption after the lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, said in a statement that both public and private schools were to reopen for a new 2020/2021 academic session.

”We also wish to congratulate SS3 students who have successfully completed their WASSCE exams and urge them to stay safe even as they await their results,” Adefisayo said.

She said that for the public schools, the ministry would be adopting a phased approach to opening the schools.

According to her, this phased approach to opening will enable public schools meet COVID-19 social distance rules and safety protocols.

”This will help us watch the behaviour of the pandemic as we gradually open up our schools.

”The present JS3 and SS2 students in public schools in the state are to resume classes from Monday, 21st of September, 2020.

”The resumption will permit the present JS3 students who are already in an exit class to revise and get adequately prepared for their forthcoming Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) organised by the Lagos State Examination Board.

“It is scheduled between Tuesday, 6th and Monday, 12th of October, 2020. The resumption will also afford the present SS2 students an opportunity to prepare effectively for their transition to SS3,” she said.

The commissioner said that the scheduled dates and venues for Entrance Examination into Lagos State Model Colleges would soon be announced by the State Examination Board.

Adefisayo assured parents that announcements for opening of the other classes would occur as soon as the state government was certain of their safety.

She said that in the meantime, the unopened classes in public schools would continue their lessons on the various distance learning platforms (Online platform, radio, television and WhatsApp).

She added that the next phase for physical resumption would be announced in due course.

Adefisayo said that private primary and secondary schools in the state were permitted to resume from Monday, Sept. 21, 2020.

She said that the state government strongly encouraged school owners to put safety first and open in phases similar to the plans for public schools.

According to her, phased opening also includes strategies for staggered resumption in the mornings, classes on alternate days during the week and teaching through various distance learning methods.

”Schools must also comply with safety protocols and hygiene guidelines as instructed by the state government through the Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA).

”The office of education quality assurance will continue to monitor and evaluate schools’ preparedness.

”Please note that pre-primary classes and schools in both public and private schools will remain closed until further announcements are made.

”The state government wishes to remind schools that the pandemic is still with us and we must in all situations, make the safety of our children, teachers, parents and our community as a whole, our first priority,” she said.

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