By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
Barely nine days to general election, Lagos State Government has reviewed the date for schools mid-term holiday, to protect the teachers and pupils from any possible attacks.
According to the government, the first mid-term break is scheduled for 14th to 18th February while the second mid-term break would commence 28th February to March 4th.
Giving the rationale behind the review in her office yesterday, the Director General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Mrs. Ronke Shoyombo, explained that this would safeguard students in the state during and after the 2019 general elections.
Soyombo, who alongside the Joint Association of Private Schools Owners of Nigeria (JAPSON), officials from the Ministry of Education and other stakeholders at the Office of Education Quality Assurance, stated that the February 13th would be an Open Day for all schools in the state.
She also explained that the meeting in conjunction with schools association leaders present and education stakeholders and private sectors in the state also agreed that 7th of March, 2019 should be World Book Day.
The director further enjoined all stakeholders to urgently cascade the change in the academic calendar to other school owners and parents.
“Since schools activity fall in between the date for the general elections in the country, the adjustment became inevitable and security very paramount, to protect our wards and avoid crisis during the elections”, Soyombo added.
She also urged the Association Leaders present to strictly comply to the urgent adjustment to allow children stay away from academic environment during the voting exercise, for safety purpose.
The director, while rounding up the meeting urged all stakeholders to always support programmes that would raise the standard of literacy in schools and promote the development of education in the state.