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by LASUBEB Publicity unit | March 22nd 2021

Sanwo-Olu: ‘We’ve Improved Education Value, Spending’

Lagos State Government has been applauded by the House of Representatives for curriculum reforms and rehabilitation exercise being carried out in basic and secondary education across the State.

The House Committee on Basic Education and Services commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for providing executive support for Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to achieve its statutory mandate and make basic education attractive to children in the State.

The Committee chairman, Prof. Julius Ihovnbere, led members on a courtesy visit to the Governor at the State House, Alausa, on Monday.

Sanwo-Olu said his administration raised the education budget from eight to 12 per cent in the current year’s fiscal spending in line with its deliberate effort to build human capital through quality education.

He said the State considered it a policy direction to build proper foundation for children by investing heavily in primary schools, which is outside the State Government’s purview. He said: “In the last two years, we have made effort to build strong foundation for education in Lagos. In the current year alone, our budget was increased from eight to 12 per cent, focusing on improving human capital index. This is the area where we can create better future for the children and the youth. By providing the support, we are equipping them with capacity that will make them physically and mentally prepared.

“We invested heavily to deliver curriculum development through a scheme called EKO EXCEL. This is another intervention we made in primary schools when we realised we need to give pupils and teachers better learning environment. Lesson notes have been uploaded on teacher’s tablets with centralised server. This gives all pupils, irrespective of location of school, the same learning capability. We believe it’s from primary schools we need to build proper foundation for the children.”

Sanwo-Olu said the State was using three Government agencies to carry out renovation of the schools.

SUBEB, the Governor said, was used to drive the curriculum development, while Lagos State Infrastructure Asset Management Agency (LASIAMA) was charged with schools’ maintenance, planning standards and repair of facilities, including windows, ceilings and doors.

The Governor said the Ministry of Education, through Special Committee on Rehabilitation of Public Schools (SCRPS), is rehabilitating all public schools in distress and providing furniture for pupils. He said: “We deliberately went down to the primary school level because we don’t want to leave education and school reform to the local government to handle alone. In the intervention we are doing, we provided more than 100,000 furniture in primary and secondary schools across the State in 2020 alone.”

Sanwo-Olu said the State had set a benchmark for schools’ perimeter fence, urging the leaderships of Local Government Areas to key into the template in order to protect pupils and keep touts out of school environment.

Prof. Ihovnbere praised the Lagos Government for creating SCRPS with a special mandate to rehabilitate schools and provide materials that would encourage education. He urged other States to replicate the idea in order to improve the standards of basic schools.

The Committee chairman said Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) had paid over N37 billion to States for infrastructure maintenance and teachers’ training in schools.

He expressed concerns over non-provision of playing ground for children in some schools, but have pass mark to the State in providing conducive environment for children to learn. He said: “In Lagos, we have seen some encouraging level of progress in the provision of necessary infrastructure in public school system. The State has set the pace in several areas, and it is not called Centre of Excellence for nothing.

“We don’t want the State Government to relax in this effort. With the way Lagos is working to make education attractive, there is no doubt that the State would continue to be among leading States where enrollment in education has improved significantly.”

Towards the sustenance of a safe learning environment, the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB) engaged in a strategic session with the management of the Lagos State Planning and Environmental Monitoring Agency (LASPEMA) in order to sanitize setbacks and incidental open spaces in Public Primary Schools during a courtesy visit to the Board. https://lasubeb.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/News/lasubeb_laspema_2.jpg At the meeting, Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King, Executive Chairman, LASUBEB commended the agency's efforts in maintaining compliance in accordance with the state's environmental plan and its seamless drive in the actualization of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu’s T.H.E.M.E.S agenda. https://lasubeb.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/News/lasubeb_laspema_3.jpg He noted that the infractions on setbacks and incidental open spaces is becoming alarming adding that the Board frowns at such encroachment and would soon commence enforcement exercise to dislodge illegal informal operators occupying the setbacks. saying, that such activities will hinder teaching and learning in the academic environment. Alawiye-King emphasized on the misuse of setbacks in schools and indiscriminate construction of shanties on open spaces which would no longer be tolerated. https://lasubeb.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/News/lasubeb_laspema_4.jpg General Manager LASPEMA, Town Planner Daisi Oso stated that all foms of criminal activities take place on setbacks and incidental open spaces, which are threats to the wellbeing of the pupils and teachers in the learning environment. Oso reiterated that LASPEMA is the agency saddled with the statutory responsibility to plan, supervise and designate setbacks for use in the State. He noted that LASPEMA is ready to collaborate with the Board in strategizing a model for landscaping around the school walls, creative paintings on the walls to improve the aesthetics as well as create a secured environment by ensuring closed circuit television is installed around the setbacks for surveillance purposes. https://lasubeb.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/News/lasubeb_laspema_5.jpg At the end of the strategic meeting, a five-man Committee was constituted comprising members from LASPEMA and LASUBEB charged with the responsibility of developing a model to facilitate the synergized visions with other MDAs of the State Government who have similar mandates.

BOUT 168,000 CHILDREN PARTICIPATED IN THE YEAR 2022 PLACEMENT EXAMINATION… The Executive Chairman, LASUBEB, Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King disclosed this during the monitoring exercise of the annual transition examination organized for Primary 6 Pupils of Public and Private Primary Schools into Junior Secondary Schools in the State While monitoring some centers at Eti-Osa Local Government Education Authority, he mentioned that the examination is being held simultaneously in 366 centres across the state, stating that about 168,000 pupils sat for the placement examination. ![lasubeb_monitoring2022_4.jpeg]( He commended the Lagos State Examination Board for the seamless organization of the exercise, adding that the environment is not only conducive, but serene for the pupils to concentrate on their test. Alawiye- King averred that the Board is not only focusing on the retention of pupils in schools, but is also concerned about their transition into the next level of their educational pursuits. ![lasubeb_monitoring2022_2.jpeg]( “The state government has invested so much into Primary education by introducing technology into the classroom, which has in turn prepared the pupils for transition into the Junior Secondary Schools”, he said. ![lasubeb_monitoring2022_5.jpeg]( Schools monitored include: Kuramo Junior Secondary School, Ireti Junior Community Grammar School, Ilado Community Junior High School and Akande Dahunsi Memorial Junior High School.


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