Lagos State Government has directed the closure of public and private schools in the state indefinitely.
#EndSARS protesters demonstrating against police brutality and extra-judicial killings have been barricading major roads across the state for several days, limiting movement.
In a statement on Monday, the state’s Head of Public Affairs, Ministry of Education, Kayode Abayomi, communicated the closure of schools in the state over “tension generated by the anti-SARS protests.”
“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,” the statement said.
“A new date of resumption for all classes will be announced as soon as possible.”
Commissioner for Education in the state, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, was quoted as saying that “the safety of the pupils/students, parents and all staff working in schools is paramount at this critical period.”
She went on to advise 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.”
Adefisayo 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.”
The state government had recently approved that both public and private schools in the state can fully resume from Monday, October 19, 2020.
Schools in the state were previously shut as part of strategies to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, in the state.