Wednesday, 20 January 2021 04:53

24,000 students failed to return to school after first lockdown – Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babjide Sanwo-Olo has raised an alarm that about 24,000 students failed to return to school after the first lockdown in 2020.

The governor disclosed this during a briefing on the second wave of the deadly virus on Tuesday in Lagos as schools in the state resumed on Monday.

While defending the school resumption order, Sano-Olu revealed that school sometimes is the safe haven for the children.

He added that failure to reopen schools exposed the children to dangers pf child abuse and all sorts of unpreachable things.

He, however, warned that the government can make a recall anytime as they are monitoring and reviewing the conditions on a weekly basis.

“Last year, after the first lockdown and kids had to come back to school… we are still looking for about 24,000 children that have not come back to school.

“There is a challenge if we keep them out for long, their parents or guardian now turn them to other things instead of ensuring that they still have time to come back and have a learning even if its twice or three times a week at least they’ve been registered, they have a class, it’s the beginning of the session and you can monitor them.

“They will just be roaming and they become endangered. You’ve seen incidents of child abuse and all sorts of unpreachable things that are been done to these children. So we believe to a large extent that school sometimes happen to be the safe haven for them and we’ve done a roaster in which we’ll ensure that they keep social distancing and we’ll be monitoring.

“We are monitoring. We are not saying that our position is sacrosanct and (it) can be reviewed down the line. If we monitor and realise that people are not taking responsibility, we make a recall and that is why decisions will be reviewed from time to time.”

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