The Lagos State Government through its Deputy Governor, Idiat Oluranti Adebule, has announced it would no longer tolerate the use of public school premises for social functions and parties. The government also warned owners of private schools across the state to comply with the new directive.
At a media briefing on the strategic focus of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration on education for 2016 on Tuesday, Adebule added that the Governor had directed that schools should no longer be used for social functions.
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“The Governor has directed that schools will no longer be used for social activities any longer. We want to implore members of the public to report any school that violates this directive and we would ensure that defaulting schools are sanctioned accordingly.”
Adebule, who also oversees the Ministry of Education, said the state government was putting a searchlight on the standard of education in the private schools, saying it will no longer be business as usual for such schools that undermine best practices.
She said as a first step, the government will engage with private school owners and proprietors to intimate them on the action plan of the present administration towards improving the standard of education, saying although government is willing to partner with private schools, they must also be willing to adhere strictly to the acceptable standard.
“Much as private schools are partners in the sector, we would not fold our hands and watch the standard flopped. Some schools even operate without registering with the government. We want to urge such schools to do the right thing or government will have no choice but to do what it has to do,” she said.
The deputy governor also noted that the free meal project of the state government was largely dependent on the Federal Government.
“The Federal Government is to provide a percentage of the funds needed and we are still waiting for them. We are looking towards next session but the kick-off will greatly be determined by the support of the Federal Government.