In fulfillment of Governor Ambode’s campaign promise of improved infrastructure renewal in public schools to make teaching/learning environment more conducive for better performance, Lagos State government has commenced the implementation of a new educational policy initiative tagged, “360 Degree Education,” which would promotes the growth of functional and qualitative education across the State.
Lagos State deputy governor, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule who supervises the Ministry of Education emphasized that primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the state would be beneficiaries from these developments in quality of physical infrastructure and facilities. This would further promote the growth of functional and qualitative education across the state.
Adebule stated that this new infrastructural development, when fully implemented will make teaching and learning environment more conducive for the total education of school children, stressing that the new model would ensure that public schools are fully equipped with the state-of-the-art learning facilities that will attract children to learn. The newly approved school building under the new policy would provide spaces for visual and literary arts, sciences, visual and expressive school history, library and media centers, sports/ common space, ICT unit and other facilities necessary for quality teaching and learning.
“We are not unmindful that majority of the public secondary schools in the state lack essential amenities such as water, electricity and toilet facilities, thus the need for the state government to provision for them as well as consider safety and friendly environment for learning in schools.”
“Presently there are 1007 Early Child Care/Primary Schools and 506,000 pupils in the State and most of the structures are in very deplorable state. The need to carry out massive rehabilitation cannot be overemphasized. In furtherance of these, the State Government recently contracted the provision of school furniture to the tune of N526m which are been distributed into the schools system,” she said.
The Deputy Governor mentioned that the state government had adopted a new school building design for secondary schools in the state to be named “Ibile” School Building, which is a multi-purpose building project that provisioned for 18 classrooms, Art Room, Applied Technology room, Admin and Counselling Office, Mechanical room, Physical Education room, Resource/Special Education room, Restrooms, Science Facilities & Laboratories, Teacher Preparation room, Dining and Home Economic Kitchen, Music room, Languages room, Lobby to showcase trophies and history of the school, Library/Media Centre, Courtyards/Common Areas and Health Services room, to address the exponential growth in population which has put immense pressure on school infrastructure, thereby creating a huge infrastructural gap.
Adebule, disclosed that government would ensure a significant improvement in teaching methods and staff quality, including the introduction of technology-based instructional tools to achieve better performance outcomes in all public schools in the state, as the process of recruiting 1,300 primary schools teachers into the school system is almost completed. She promised that government would intensify teachers’ professional training and skills development.
“The infrastructural needs of special education schools would also be given priority attention in this fiscal year. The plan is to establish two special schools at Epe and Badagry to complement and improve the capacity of the five existing schools as well as achieve spread and cater for the ever increasing number of special need students,” she said.
Dr. Adebule stressed that government alone cannot address all the infrastructural needs in the state schools hence the decision to strengthen and intensify the Adopt-a-School programme with a view to furthering the public-private-partnership in improving infrastructure in public schools.
She promised that the Ministry of Education, under her watch, will ensure successful implementation of laudable educational programmes that will re-position the status of education, calling on the private sector and respected individuals to support the initiatives of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in the state’s educational sector.