The Lagos State government says it has spent about N4.8 billion on the rehabilitation of schools in the last one year.
The State also reiterated its commitment to improving the learning environment, by upgrading existing infrastructure and providing new ones in order to create conducive teaching and learning environment for teachers and pupils in the State.
The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Adebule gave the remarks while chronicling the activities and achievements of the State in the development of Education in the past year.
According to her, “the Lagos State placed a premium on the development of education and is investing in infrastructure and human capacity to upscale the sector.
“The resolve of this administration to improve the learning environment and create a favourable working corridor received a boost as about 160 projects awarded for rehabilitation of schools were completed.”
The Deputy Governor, who also doubles as the Commissioner for Education, said that the State has embarked on fortification of school to prevent infiltration of criminal minded individual or groups whose intention were to perpetrate evil.
“To stem the intrusion of hoodlums into schools, the government began the provision of security infrastructural facilities such as Watch Towers, Security Alarm System and flood light. And perimeter fence construction has been completed in Model College Igbonla, while work is ongoing in other schools including Model College Igbokuta, Ketu, Epe, Agbowa-Ikosi and Kankon,” She explained.
Dr. Adebule said the State is consolidating the gains it has achieved in the teaching and learning of Science and Technology, with over 30 secondary schools were provided with well-equipped standard science laboratories to enhance the practical teaching of science subjects.
She stated that the State through the Basic Education Service Department has also expanded access to quality education, with the payment of West African School Certificate Examination Council, WAEC fees to the tune of over N700 million for the school children.
She said: “In pursuance of the State Government’s policy of expanding access to quality education and its bid to lessen the burden of parents in the academic pursuit for their children and wards, this administration has paid WAEC the sum of N714 million for the examination and administrative fees for 49,554 SS111 students who sat for the March/May 2017 the exams in the state.”
The Deputy Governor stressed that the State, during the year under review, had approved about 369 Private Primary, Secondary and Vocational Schools in the last one year and this put the total number of approved schools in the State at 5,105.
According to her, the recent Public Schools Census has shown that the State has about 1,016 Primary Schools with 349 Junior and 322 Senior Secondary schools.
Also 480,110 pupils are in the primary schools while the junior and Senior Secondary Schools have 337,724 and 229,980 students respectively.
Dr. Adebule enjoined parents to desist from the act of denying their wards quality education, by sending them to hawk wares on the street during school hours.
She assures that the Lagos State government has provided basic needs and infrastructure to make learning easier in public schools.