•e-tablets coming for pupils
Lagos State yesterday banned the holding of parties and other social functions in public schools.
It also directed proprietors of private schools to comply with rules or face sanctions.
Deputy Governor Dr Idiat Adebule told reporters that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has directed that schools should no longer be used for social functions.
Adebule said: “The governor has directed that schools will no longer be used for social activities any longer. We want to implore members of the public to report any school that violates this directive and we would ensure that defaulting schools are sanctioned accordingly.”
She said the state was beaming a searchlight on the standard of education in private schools, adding that it will no longer be business as usual for those that undermine best practices.
Adebule said the government would engage private school owners and proprietors to intimate them on the present administration’s plan for improving education.
“Much as private schools are partners in the sector, we would not fold our hands and watch the standard flop. Some schools even operate without registering with the government. We want to urge such schools to do the right thing or government will have no choice but to do what it has to do,” she said.
Earlier, Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Obafela Bank-Olemoh said the government would construct the biggest digital library.
He said the government was at the planning stage of the library, adding that the actual establishment of the project would begin in the next quarter of the year.
Bank-Olemoh said the government would build 10 new model schools with state-of-the-art facilities, and two new technical colleges built in areas where such facilities are needed.
Bank-Olemoh said 324,000 e-tablets would be given to Senior Secondary School pupils, adding that plans have been concluded to register pupils in public and private schools under the Lagos State Student Personal Administration Number (LASPIN) project to aid proper planning.
On the free meal in schools project, he said, the government is currently perfecting the framework for its take off, noting that the project is expected to enhance the learning capacity of the pupils and also boost the state’s economy.
Source: The Nation Nigeria