The Lagos State Government has directed all public and private schools in the state to close indefinitely due to the disruption caused by the EndSars protests in the state.
Thousands of protesters have been protesting nationwide for two weeks to demand the scrapping of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) for numerous acts of brutality against citizens.
In a statement titled, ‘Lagos directs students to stay at home’, announced by the state Head of Public Affairs, Kayode Abayomi, spokesperson of the state ministry of education, said Folashade Adefisayo, commissioner for education, issue the directive following the tension generated by the #EndSARS protests.
The commissioner noted that the directive is to ensure the safety of the pupils, students, parents, and all staff working in schools.
She, however, advises 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 “utilize 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”.
Adefisayo said a new date of resumption for all classes will be announced as soon as possible.