Lagos tasks Private Schools with Child Protection

The Lagos State Government has tasked private schools to ensure adequate protection and safeguarding of children across the state.
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The Lagos State Government has tasked private schools to ensure adequate protection and safeguarding of children across the state.

Lagos State Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA) made the during a three-day intervention seminar for private schools operating in the State.

The seminar was geared towards ensuring that schools adhere to the best practices in ensuring that every child is safe within the walls of learning.

The Director General, OEQA, Mrs. Abiola Seriki-Ayeni stated that the theme of the seminar “Safeguarding and child protection in schools” was apt as schools have a duty to ensure that students under their care are safeguarded and protected.

According to her, private schools are institutions of learning hence they have to comply with high-quality standards of learning as well as protection.

Seriki-Ayeni commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his commitment to ensuring that every child in Lagos State not just has access to quality education but also they are safe while in school.

The DG added that both government and private school owners have a shared responsibility in ensuring that children are safe and protected while in schools while urging schools’ authority to ensure effective monitoring of children is not in any way compromised.”

She further stated that no quality education can take place when the children are unsafe hence everybody has the responsibility to support the protection of children.

‘’The responsibility for making sure that children are safe and that their needs are met is shared between the family, the general community, professionals working with children, law enforcement and government. Each has a significant role to play to ensure the safety and well-being of children and young people and to help prevent them from harm’’.

She charged school proprietors to hire teachers and staff properly, equip their teachers, upskill and train staff frequently and ensure documentation in the discipline of students.

Seriki-Ayeni added that no amount of money can replace a child hence there is a huge responsibility on the part of the school to ensure safety.

The Director, Private Education and Special Programmes, Mrs.Bambi Falayi emphasized on the need for private schools to register with the government noting that there are immense benefits attached to the registration

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