According to Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, director-general of the Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA), both public and private primary and secondary schools are expected to follow the academic calendar in order to provide students with a quality and lasting Education.
She claims that in order to create a consistent and harmonious schedule, OEQA, as a regulating body, met with principals and school owners from both public and private schools.
“September 5 is still on the calendar; a lot of work has gone into it. We are looking at the learning days and have inserted public holidays in the hopes that these efforts will be recognized and there will be compliance.
“To create this paper of a calendar where kids are required to spend a minimum of 180 learning days, we met with private school owners, stakeholders, public school stakeholders, and principals approximately four times, electronically and in person.
She explained, “The plan is directed toward having a single academic session, holidays for the Christmas, New Year, Easter, Muslim, and other national significant days such as Independence, Democracy, Children’s, and others.”
The director-general of OEQA further stated that the academic calendar for 2022–2023 took school flexibility into consideration.
She claimed that in order to guarantee that pupils spent worthwhile instructional time in the classrooms, it prioritized synchronized instructional days of learning.
Only 15 schools, including those that follow an international curriculum, have informed the body that they are flexible enough to use dates other than those in the Lagos State-approved harmonised calendars, according to Seriki-Ayeni.
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