‘Use the lockdown to discover your children’s talents’

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The Chairman of Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB), Wahab Alawiye-King has challenged parents to maximize the opportunity of the state-wide closure of schools to bond with their children, monitor them closely and discover their inherent abilities that would be of benefit to the pupils and the society at large.

Alawiye-King who gave the advice during an interview session on a radio programme recently opined that rather than allowing the period of the lockdown to waste away, parents should make the best use of it to positively impact the lives of the children.

He maintained that as much as government is making efforts to ensure that learning continues in spite of the lockdown, major responsibilities still rest on the parents to make government’s efforts achieve the desired outcome.

The decision to keep the schools shut according to the Chairman in spite of the gradual easing of the lockdown order was in the best interest of the children who may be disproportionately affected by measures taken to prevent the outbreak.

“We believe that it is when we are alive that we can learn and being a responsible government that prioritizes the health and life of its citizens, it became expedient for us to close our schools in order to protect and ensure learning continues without necessarily compromising the health of the pupils or exposing them to danger,” Alawiye-King reiterated.

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Speaking on the fate of pupils who couldn’t finish their second term examinations before the closure of schools, the Chairman said exams could be done at any time.

“The present situation we find ourselves wasn’t planned for. It is a national or global disaster that no one has control over. “

He assured Lagosians that as soon as there is abatement in sight about the pandemic as would be declared by the State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, schools would be opened and academic activities would resume in an orderly manner.

Recall that the Lagos SUBEB had earlier introduced educational radio programmes for primary school students to ensure that learning continues in spite of the lockdown.

Alawiye-King disclosed plans to expand its scope to meet the specific needs of the present situation.

He disclosed that plans are being perfected to make the radio programme a live programme to allow teachers-parents and pupils interactions.

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