The Lagos State Government has commissioned over 1,097 school infrastructure projects, covering 970 schools across the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), in the last two years.
The government has also rehabilitated 322 dilapidated public schools, provided 87,000 units dual composite furniture for 775 primary and secondary schools and also delivered additional 300 classrooms and seven new hostels blocks.
Speaking at the annual ministerial press briefing held at Alausa, the State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, said that to stem the intrusion of hoodlums in schools, the government has provided security facilities such as security alarm system, fence upgrade, watchtowers and floodlights.
The school curriculum, the commissioner said, has also been reviewed to ensure that it is infused with the right skills for every child.
“Thus, our classes are now more engaging, interesting and the curriculum will be loaded on an app in line with our Education and Technology mandate”, she noted.
The Commissioner disclosed that the government has re-introduced the School-based Management Board and initiated the Volunteer Teachers Mentoring Corps Programme to improve the capacity of school personnel, thereby creating opportunities for education stakeholders to support the government in mentoring the present and upcoming teachers/school administrators.
Adefisayo also said that over 15,000 teachers were trained through the Eko Excel Programme and given tablets preloaded with the curriculum, while 12 cars were presented to outstanding public schools teachers as a way of appreciating their efforts and motivating them for better service delivery.
She listed other investments in teachers’ welfare by the government to include the disbursement of N12.8 million housing loan to teachers, numerous capacity training programmes for newly recruited and existing teachers, principals with modern technology.
The Commissioner disclosed that the governor approved the payment of N679 million to WAEC for 45,447 SS3 students in all public schools to relieve the burden on parents.
Also, the government partnered with Casio and SKLD Integrated services to install a Casio Mathematics and Science Laboratory at the Education Resource Centre to further enhance teaching and learning of science-related subjects.
On efforts to reduce the rate of out of school children, Adefisayo revealed that over 4,500 pupils were tracked and brought back to continue their education, adding that they were provided with essential materials that made them abandon schooling.
Noting that the Public-Private Partnership programme of the Ministry provided over 27,000 additional mobile devices and MP3 devices preloaded with the curriculum, the Commissioner stated that the items were distributed to students to further enhance their learning and make them technologically savvy in line with the Education and Technology pillar of the T.H.E.M.E.S Development Agenda.
She said, “As a testament to our improved learning environment, our students have continued to be outstanding at National and International Competitions, winning trophies, laurels and making the State proud by being overall best in many of the competitions they participated in”.
“The government has also concluded plans to establish new schools, including vocational and special schools in addition to the plan to launch an educational radio station to cascade learning to the grassroots”, Adefisayo asserted.