There was low turnout of students in private schools in Lagos State on Monday as academic activities resumed for the second term of 2020/21 session.
The Lagos State Government had, on Friday, directed public and private schools below the tertiary level to resume for the new term.
Newsmen, who visited some private schools in parts of Lagos, observed that many students in private schools did not turn up for the academic activities.
Newsmen report that few students and parents were seen at the private schools like Krisbetel College, Egbeda, Honeyland Schools, Ipaja, Daystar Montessori School, Ipaja and Sophem High School, Iyana-Ipaja.
Most schools had ‘’No face mask, no entry’’ banners with handwash basins, water, soaps, sanitisers and infrared thermometers at their gates.
At Honeyland Schools, Ipaja, few parents were seen coming in to drop their children. The school did not allow parents to wait behind after dropping their children and wards.
“We are ready for resumption and COVID-19 is not really affecting our school because we always assess our facilities before admitting students,’’ he said.
Public schools in Lagos are still maintaining the shift system introduced last year by the state government when it reopened for the first term of the 2020/21 session.
The shift system entails students in Senior Secondary One (SS 1) and Junior Secondary Three (JS 3) classes, going to school on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while students in Senior Secondary Two and Junior Secondary Two attend classes only on Tuesday and Thursday.
The shift system is to allow observance of the safety protocols put in place by the government to curb the spread of the virus.
At the State Junior and Senior High School, Alimosho, only (JS 3) and (SS 1) were allowed to enter the school premises with the face mask, while those without it were sent home.
The Principal of the State Junior and Senior High School, Alimosho, who did not his name on record, directed newsmen to the Ministry of Education, Alausa, for further clarifications on the students’ turnout on resumption date.