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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.”

The Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board on Thursday, 2nd December 2021, celebrated retired Public Primary School Teachers at LASUBEB multi-purpose hall, Maryland, Ikeja. At the event which had in attendance various education stakeholders, the Executive Chairman, Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King disclosed that the maiden celebration of teachers' last day in office is to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of outgoing educators in the growth and development of our future leaders and the state in general. While celebrating them, he extolled their efforts in promoting basic education in the state during their period in service. He commended the teachers for the resilience, support, and care exhibited during the unusual situation that the pandemic foisted on education. He thereafter charged educators in service not to rest on their oars, but to continue to work efficiently and effectively, to adequately harness the state's investment in the education sector. Alawiye-King appreciated Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for approving the event and seeing to the welfare of all teaching and non-teaching staff in the state. He assured that the occasion will be commemorated annually. Mrs. Rhoda Ayinde, a recently retired Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Establishments, Training, and Pensions urged the retirees to take charge of their finances, noting that they should focus on their needs and not wants. She also advised them to pay more attention to their health and live a restful spiritual life. The Board presented a gift to the immediate past NUT Chairman, Comrade Adedoyin Adeshina, and other retirees.

The Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board on 1st December 2021, celebrated Counselors in Public Primary Schools in the state at the annual Guidance and Counselors award/end of year party ceremony. The event took place at Agidingbi Primary School, Agidingbi, Ikeja. The event, aimed at rewarding hardwork, had in attendance Members of the Board, Education Secretaries, Nigeria Legion Corps and other education stakeholders The Executive Chairman of the Board, Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King, while delivering his opening remarks, appreciated the burden bearers for providing succor to the pupils in overcoming emotional, academic and social challenges faced in and outside the four walls of learning. The SUBEB Chair, ably represented by Mrs. Adedoyin Sherifat, Board Member, stated that their contribution in the education sector has not only improved learning among pupils but also supported them in regaining their confidence and self-esteem. She noted that their advocacy against molestation and support for children's rights in schools is greatly helping children stay safe and sane in their learning environment. Mrs. Abosede Adelaja, retired permanent secretary, implored the confidants not to rest on their oars but continue to put in their best in discharging their duties. Cultural activities were displayed by the pupils and awards were presented to outstanding officers.

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