La­gos Or­ders Relocation of 64 Pri­vate Schools

THISDAY - - EDUCATION -

The La­gos State gov­ern­ment has or­dered about 64 pri­vate pri­mary and sec­ondary schools to re­lo­cate as a re­sult of non­con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment for teach­ing and learn­ing.

The Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral, Of­fice of Ed­u­ca­tion Qual­ity As­sur­ance in the state Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Mrs. Ronke Soy­ombo dis­closed this re­cently at the an­nual school man­agers’ work­shop, or­gan­ised by the League of Mus­lim School Pro­pri­etors (LEAMSP) in Ikeja, which in­vloved about 230 mem­bers. Soy­ombo said the af­fected schools, spread across the state, were op­er­at­ing in ei­ther swampy or flooded ar­eas or very dirty and poorly ven­ti­lated struc­tures, as well as in places to­tally un­safe for hu­man be­ings.

“We dis­cov­ered that own­ers of those schools are only in­ter­ested in money mak­ing and not about safety of their stu­dents and work­ers. So the state has served them let­ters and asked them to close down their schools or re­lo­cate to safe and con­ducive lo­ca­tions. By al­low­ing them to con­tinue op­er­at­ing in those lo­ca­tions will do no good but harm to stu­dents who are our fu­ture.”

The di­rec­tor-gen­eral, who spoke on ‘Safe­guard­ing the Right of a Child,’ dis­closed that while some of the schools com­plied with the di­rec­tive or pleaded for more time, oth­ers pre­ferred to drag the gov­ern­ment to court seek­ing a re­ver­sal of the order.

She said the ac­tion of those in the lat­ter cat­e­gory would not de­ter gov­ern­ment from mak­ing ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions both pub­lic and pri­vate to do the right thing. She ap­pealed to pri­vate school own­ers, in­clud­ing LEAMSP mem­bers to con­sider the safety and to­tal ed­u­ca­tion of their stu­dents more im­por­tant than money in their op­er­a­tions.

The Chief Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fi­cer, Guid­ance and Coun­selling Depart­ment, State Uni­ver­sal Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Board (SUBEB), Mrs. Taiwo Ele­moma asked par­tic­i­pants to estab­lish a func­tional and ef­fec­tive guid­ance and coun­selling unit in their schools, say­ing that the stu­dents would need to be prop­erly guided in ca­reer choices and other mat­ters that would help them to suc­ceed in life.

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