The Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, has said that provision of infrastructure in public schools is an on-going process just as she assured that more schools are being built and furnished in order to cater for the ever growing demand for more public schools in the state.
Oladunjoye, who spoke in Lagos on Wednesday during an on-the-spot assessment of the state of some public schools in the state as well as their needs, noted that facilities in public schools are being overwhelmed as a result of the continuous demand for transfers into public schools.
She pointed out that the demands for transfer into public schools on its own is a reflection of the confidence the people now reposed in public schools. She however noted that on the other hands the demands more often than not overstretches the facilities on ground hence government’s resolve to continue to provide infrastructure in its schools.
The Commissioner stated that government is determined more than ever to attain the Millennium Development Goal Two of achieving universal primary education hence the Yellow Card Policy that every child of school age must be enrolled in school.
She explained that most of the new schools being built now have the furniture infrastructure embedded in them adding that no fewer than twenty new schools that are nearing completion would be ready for use by the resumption of the next academic session in January.
The Commissioner also assured that more teachers will be recruited as needed while the training of teachers already in employment is a continuous process stressing that there is a project unit in all the six Education Districts in states who are in charge of their schools and who in turn report to the Tutor-General/Permanent Secretaries.
She admonished parents to always monitor their children in order to ensure that they become good children as well as inculcate into them good morals values with a view to becoming good ambassadors.
Some of the schools visited include: Sanmori Comprehensive Senior High School, Ifako-Ijaye; Opebi Senior Grammar School, Ikeja; and Igbo-Owu Community Senior Secondary School, Itire, Mushin; which houses a host of schools that are completed and nearing completion.
They include two blocks of 18 classrooms and laboratories; offices and staff rooms; and another one block of 24 classrooms built by the Lagos Metropolitan Government Development Project (LMGDP) that is nearing completion.
Lagos State has no fewer than 1,668 public primary, Junior and Senior secondary schools.