Lagos bans parties, social functions in public schools

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said it would no longer
allow social functions and parties in public schools just as owners
of private schools across the state have been warned to comply
with rules and regulations guiding their operations.
The Deputy Governor of the State, Idiat Adebule, who disclosed
this while briefing the media on the strategic focus of Governor
Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration on education for 2016, said
the governor had directed that schools should no longer be used
for social functions.
Mrs. 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.”
Mrs. Adebule, who also oversees the Ministry of Education, said
the state government was putting a searchlight on the standard of
education in the private schools, saying it would no longer be
business as usual for such schools that undermine best practices.
She said as a first step, the government will engage with private
school owners and proprietors to intimate them on the action plan
of the present administration towards improving the standard of
education, saying although government is willing to partner with
private schools, they must also be willing to adhere strictly to the
acceptable standard.
“Much as private schools are partners in the sector, we would not
fold our hands and watch the standard flopped. 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, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Obafela
Bank-Olemoh, while giving a detailed presentation on the policy
thrust of Governor Ambode’s administration for the education
sector, said the state government intends to construct the biggest
digital library.
He said the government was already at the planning stage of the
library, while the actual establishment of the project would
commence in the next quarter of the year.
He said the state government will build 10 new model schools
with state of the art facilities, while two new technical colleges will
be built in the course of the year in areas where such facilities are
urgently needed.
On the Ibile Tablets, Mr. Bank-Olemoh said 324,000 tablets would
be distributed to Senior Secondary School students, adding that
plans have been concluded to register all students in both public
and private schools in the state under the Lagos State Student
Personal Administration Number (LASPIN) project to aid proper
planning.
On the free meal in schools project, he said the state government
was currently perfecting its framework for the eventual take-off,
saying the project was expected to on the one hand, enhance the
learning capacity of the pupils and on the other, boost the
economy of the state.

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