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N69bn Required To Fix Public School Infrastructure In Lagos

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Amid criticisms triggered by the death of 20 pupils of Ohen Primary School in Ita- Faaji area of Lagos Island, the state government has said about N69 billion is required to fix infrastructure and ancillary needs of schools in the state.

 The state government while regretting the avoidable tragedy in the state pointed out that the challenges in the management of Private Schools in Lagos State were enormous and hydra headed compelling the government to tackle them systematically and in phases.

 The government in a statement signed by Deputy Director , Public Affairs , Ministry of Education Adesegun Ogundeji  noted that,’’ Considering the population of School age children in Lagos State, the 1010 Public Primary Schools and the 670 Public Senior Secondary Schools are not sufficient to provide access to quality education, a mantra of this administration.

 ‘’At the instance of the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule who also superintends the Education Sector, this administration upon assumption of office conducted a Need Assessment of Public schools and discovered that N69billion was required to fix the infrastructural and other ancillary needs of  schools. It therefore decided to embark on the intervention in phases.

 ‘’Given this scenario, the government sees the Private Sector Operators as major, crucial partners in progress. It reviewed the tactics deployed by former administrations to regulate the proliferation of Private Schools. 

 ‘’It resolved to interface with the education service providers with a view to regulate, motivate, educate and enlighten the operators on the benefits of voluntary compliance with regulations, raise standards and deliver quality education to the pupils.

 ‘’Furthermore, the three decades old Education Policy (last reviewed in 1988) of the State was reviewed under this Administration towards improving the quality of education delivery and issues bothering on the Private Schools were extensively dealt with in the policy with their co-operation. This is to ensure that the State operates a contemporary policy that is also in tandem with global best practices.’’

 Ogundeji explained that Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule ensured that the Private Schools and Special Programme Department was separated from the Quality Assurance Directorate.

 According to him, this was to ensure transparency, introduce checks and balances; reduce corruption, extortion, indiscipline, recklessness and impunity.

 This Administration encouraged Operators and Owners of Private Schools to form formidable Associations which the government relates with when the need arises apart from the quarterly Stakeholders Meeting.

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