Coronavirus: Pupils shouldn’t roam around during closure, says LASG

The Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr Lanre Mojola, has advised pupils in the state to avoid roaming around during the closure of schools in the state which starts on March 23.

The Lagos State Government had on Wednesday announced the indefinite closure of public and private schools in the state as part of measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus.

Mojola, who was represented by the Director of Public Safety and Wellbeing in the agency, Dr Oluremi Olatunde, at the training of school safety prefects in Education District VI of the state on Thursday also advised parents not to allow their children hawk during the closure of the school.

The DG said, “We have told them that as they are going on break, they should stay in their homes. They can interact with their friends on social media. This is not the time for them to be roaming around. I am sure our teachers will give them enough assignments to keep them busy. For parents who give their children goods to hawk, this is not safe at this time.”

He noted that the training was organised to allow more schools in the district to learn more about safety measures.

“In January, we inaugurated the safety training for school prefects and we told the pupils that we will bring subsequent training back to grass roots so that we will be able to accommodate more pupils.

“Regular hand washing will curb the spread of the virus in schools. We already introduce to them the need for regular hand washing before they enter their classes and when they come back from the toilets. If need be that they want to sneeze or cough, it should be done to the elbow,” Mojola said.

The Lead Consultant on School Safety for Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr Dapo Taiwo, said the programme was organised to teach the pupils and their teachers how to identify hazards within the school environment.

“There are many things we expect the schools to put in place to ensure the safety of the pupils in schools. The first is a safety management system which is a written document that will guide the school on safety. Once that is put in place,  the school must follow the document and must meet the standard of the safety commission,” Taiwo said.
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