The Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo, has explained that Lagos state is prepared for changes in the education sector due to the effects of Covid-19 pandemic, pointing out that school resumption will be approached from three points of view.
The Commissioner said this while participating in a symposium organized via Zoom by the Association of Nursery and Primary Education Instructors in Nigeria (ANPEIN), under the leadership of Mr. Sunday Fowowe, where she spoke on the theme ‘Choose your government, schools and home right in this dispensation to learn and live well.’
Adefisayo stated that the first point is safety, stressing that people need to feel safe when coming to school and for safety guidelines, the state is looking at having time table for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for a set, Tuesdays and Thursdays for another set where they will not spend up to four hours.
According to her, the second point of consideration is learning and curriculum, noting that the learning slide which occurred during the pandemic have severely affected a lot of things, so for online classes, the state has started giving devices to students; and populating its pages with online contents. Another novel solutions been considered is the Cloud based solution for children who are in areas with bad network among others.
She further explained that the third factor is resumption and assessment, adding that teachers cannot engage children in learning without assessing them, so assessment will be both summative and formative test at the end of the period. .
“I am excited that the children will move into another mode of 100 percent learning. It is not easy and I am not glossing over the fact that I am finding this an extremely tough thing to do. But it is doable. And if we are trying to do all these in public schools, I can imagine what private schools will do. It is clear that it will not be the same. And when people say it is a new normal, I totally agree.
“We are trying to invest in a serious culture change that will lead to a new normal system in both primary and secondary school. I am glad we are working towards that. And I am particularly glad that we are going to be incorporating many schools as possible apart from our own public schools, so that in Lagos State, we are able to have a true 360 degree learning method”. She said