The Lagos State Government has changed the dates earlier slated for the mid-term break of the Second Term in the 2022/2023 Academic year from Friday, 24th February to Friday, 3rd March, 2023.
This approval was given by the Lagos state Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo.
The Director-General, Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA), Mrs. Abiola Seriki-Ayeni disclosed this at a stakeholders’ meeting held recently on the review of the 2022/2023 harmonised academic calendar due to the forthcoming general elections.
She explained that the essence of the engagement is to ensure that everybody is on the same page as regards the second-term school activities and the need to accommodate the forthcoming general elections in its entirety.
Seriki-Ayeni, who was represented at the event by the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics (OEQA), Mr. Remi Abdul noted that the earlier dates for the mid-term break fall within the election period, hence the need for a shift in the date for a week to allow parents pick up their wards from school without hindrance due to the restriction of movement associated with the election days.
She also noted that another important reason for the change of dates bothers safeguarding and child protection and convenience as a result of the presidential and National Assembly elections slated for Saturday, February 25, 2023, coinciding with the date boarding school students are expected to resume in the schedule for the Second term harmonised 2022/2023 academic calendar.
In her words, “In furtherance to the change, the first half of the second term is to hold from the 9th of January to Thursday, February 23, 2023, whilst Open Day for Primary schools will be on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023, and Thursday, February 23rd, 2023 for Secondary Schools”.
“The mid-term break will hold from Friday, 24th of February to Friday, 3rd of March, 2023. While the second half of the second term is expected to hold from Monday, 6th of March to Thursday, 6th of April, 2023”, she added.
“It is pertinent to note that the adjusted harmonised calendar can be found on the agency’s website via: www.oeqalagos.com”.