Lagos govt to harmonise public, private schools’ academic calendars

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The Lagos State Government has announced plans to harmonise and standardise the academic calendars of public and private schools in the state.

The move, which is planned ahead of the 2023/2024 academic session, will ensure that schoolchildren have the minimum standard of learning days and hours.

This was disclosed by the Director General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Mrs. Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, while speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting.

The DG said, “Inasmuch as the calendar may seem like a very minute detail when it comes to larger issues that we have within the education space, the calendar is very important.

“Since the inception of the present administration in Lagos, the OEQA has been able to collaborate with our stakeholders to ensure that the calendar is enforced, that there is a greater understanding and that at the end of the day, everything concerning the calendar is to support things that occur within schools. This is to ensure that children have the minimum standard of learning days as well as hours and most importantly standardisation across the board not just in public schools but private schools as well.”

On his part, the Chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education, Mr. Wahab Alawiye-King, represented by a director in the agency, Mrs. Yetunde Kolade, urged participants, especially those from the private sector, not to see the move as a state affair but as a step in the overall interest of the educational sector in the state.

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