Ajimoti was reacting to availability of facilities to accommodate the over 160,000 primary six pupils that sat for the placement test into the Junior Secondary School on July 27.
NAN investigation revealed that many public schools, both primary and secondary, were in a deplorable condition.
Many of the schools were without windows, toilets, furniture and perimeter fencing, while some of the structures posed serious danger to the pupils.
Ajimoti said that the state government was trying to improve on all the existing facilities in the new session.
“We have facilities to accommodate the new pupils in our schools.
“Lagos State Government is really trying a lot to ensure that all our buildings that are dilapidated are being attended to and renovated during this long vacation.
“So that by the time the pupils come back in September, the schools will be better off than when they left for vacation,” she said.
Hassan said Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had last week directed that all public schools and infrastructure be renovated ahead of resumption in September.
He said new schools were also coming on board and that the state government was equal to the task.
NDA to hold 10th inaugural lecture Aug. 29
The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) will hold its 10th inaugural lecture on August 29, a statement by the institution said on Monday.
The Academy’s Public Relations Officer, Maj. Abubakar Abdullahi, who issued the statement in Kaduna, said that the lecture is titled ‘Nigeria Shall Not Remain Economically Underdeveloped: Quest for Solutions.’
The lecture will be delivered by Professor Egwaikhinde Christian Imondu, a professor of Development Economics, while a former Registrar of the school, Maj Gen Cecil Esekhaigbe, now the Okanlete of Esan Land, will be the Special Guest.
He added that the 10th inaugural lecture is the seventh conducted under Maj.- Gen. Adeniyi Oyebade, the Commandant of the Academy.
“It is in line with the Academy’s resolve to enhance intellectualism and research among its academic staff, ” Abdullahi added.
Edited by Maharazu Ahmed
Youth Day: Expert advocates effective implementation of education policy
A don at the University of Ilorin, Dr Shuaib Mohammed, has advocated effective implementation of the nation’s education policy aimed at promoting human capital development among the youths.
Mohammed spoke on Monday in Ilorin while delivering a lecture at a programme organised by the Saliu Mustapha Foundation to celebrate the 2019 International Youth Day.
He spoke as the Guest Speaker on the theme “Education for Sustainable Development among the Youth, the Role of Counsellors.”
The guest speaker, a lecturer in the Department of Counsellor Education, was represented by Mr Ayuba Ahmed.
Mohammed asserted that the Nigerian policy on education was one of the best although it lacked effective implementation.
He lamented the way the role of counsellors was being neglected in the school system, blaming it for most of the challenges facing the youths after leaving school.
“Counsellors will be posted to schools, instead of them performing their duties as full time counsellors, they would be allotted subjects.
“If you look at it, most of the problems we are having today in the society start from schools, even the primary schools.
“One of the recommendations is that education should emphasise more on creative ability.
“That is how you can be creative; how the youth can attain skills rather than engaging themselves to get the certificate alone.
He urged the Federal Government to set up a task force that would ensure that all provisions of the policy were implemented.
“We have a very good policy in Nigeria. Our policy is good on paper, but lacks implementation.
“As I am talking, the policy has mandated all schools in Nigeria to have counseling centers, equip them and employ counsellors there to go on the streets to rehabilitate and do all what they have been trained for,” he said.
He, however, expressed worry over the number of schools that would implement the policy.
(Edited by Mufutau Ojo)
Out-of-School Children: Oyo to educate over 170, 000 Almajiris, Hawkers
Oyo state Government says it will utilise the World Bank Assisted Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) $3million take-off grant to educate 170, 536 out-of-school children in 23 Local Government Areas of the state.
Dr Nureni Adeniran, Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, (SUBEB), said this in a statement issued on Monday in Ibadan by Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism.
The statement quotes Adeniran as making the disclosure recently after a two-day interactive session with stakeholders on the implementation of BESDA.
The SUBEB chairman reiterated the state government’s resolve to effectively take off the street all out-of-school children and put them in public schools, adding that the programme would cater for hawkers and Almajiris in the state.
“Despite all the hiccups, I strongly believe that the essence of BESDA, which is to effectively take all the out-of-school children off the streets and draw them back to schools, will be accomplished in Oyo State.
“The state government will ensure that a total of 62, 733 hawkers are taken back to school, while 107, 803 Almajiris will be taken off the streets in the Oke-Ogun region of the state.
“The Board has embarked on strategies that would ensure all out-of-school-children are returned to schools before year-2022.
“Oyo state as one of the participating states, would ensure that all out-of-school-children were brought back to schools within the years of the programme’r implementation in the country as a whole,” he said.
The Chairman also promised that the State Government, under the leadership of Gov. Seyi Makinde would pay undivided attention to reduction in the number of out-of-school children, improve their literacy level and strengthen the education system.
Earlier, Malam Iro Umar, the Head, Coordination Support Team, BESDA, expressed optimism that Oyo State has a good team to implement BESDA project.
He further said that the State, through Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, had met necessary parameters and has what it takes to drive the programme to a fruitful end.
“Oyo state government would receive an initial BESDA grant of $3million, to kick off the programme in Ona-ara, Kajola, Surulere, Saki West, Akinyele, Olorunsogo, Iseyin, Saki East, Oyo West, Ogbomosho South, Ogbomosho North and Iwajowa.
“Other local government areas are, Ogo-Oluwa, Ibadan South East, Oriire, Oluyole, Afijio, Oyo West, Ibadan South East, Egbeda, Oreloope, Ibarapa Central and Ibadan North East,” Umar said.
Edited by Remi Koleoso
PTA donates materials worth N10m to school in Jigawa
The Parents Teachers Association (PTA) of Dutse International Model School has donated food items, teaching materials and sports items worth N10 million to the management of the school.
The Chairman of the association, Alhaji Sabo Guri, made this known to the Nigeria News Agency in Dutse on Monday.
Guri said the gesture was to complement the state government’s efforts in improving the standard of education in the state.
The chairman, who said the task of enhancing the education sector was a collective responsibility, pointed out that all hands must be on deck to ensure success.
He also commended the State Government for selecting the school to be upgraded as one of the ‘Centres of Excellence’ in the state.
When contacted, the Director of the school, Malam Lawan Adamu, confirmed receipt of the items.
Adamu lauded the association for the gesture and urged other associations to emulate it.
He listed the items to include cartons of spaghetti, bottles of cooking oil and sachets of maggi seasoning.
He said others were beds, mattresses and pillows and sport facilities.
The director promised that the items would be used judiciously.
Edited by Kamal Tayo Oropo
Old students donate educational items to OOU
The Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) Alumni Association, North American chapter, on Monday, donated educational materials, including computer sets and accessories, to the university.
Dr Afolake Mobolaji, a member of the executive council of the chapter, comprising United States of America, Mexico and Canada, donated the items at the OOU main campus in Ago-Iwoye.
Mobolaji disclosed that the items, which included laptops, projectors, interactive boards, monitors switch, printers, keyboards, magnifiers, scanners, sound recorders, decoders, copiers and UPS, were given to promote academic excellence in their alma mater.
She stated that the chapter would soon raise funds to undertake some physical projects for the benefit of the students and staffers of the university.
Mobolaji, a 1988 Political Science graduate of the university, said that other campuses of the institution would benefit from the intervention of her association.
“I am so happy to be back. The alumni in North America were able to raise funds so that we can get these items for the school and our target was to get them down here before our reunion.
“This is because we wanted to do something impactful so that we can encourage other alumni to join us.
“When I get back, we are going to start a fund raising because there are so many things that need to be done.
“We are not just looking at the Ago-Iwoye campus alone but other OOU campuses also; so, this is just the beginning of many good things that we are still going to do for the school,” she said.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ganiyu Olatunde, who was accompanied by other top officials of the university, received the gifts worth millions of Naira on behalf of the institution.
Olatunde commended the alumni association and its branches for their continued support and interest in the progress and development of the university.
The vice-chancellor said that the provision of the educational materials and equipment would further enhance teaching and learning in the school.
He said that management would collaborate with the alumni towards taking the school to greater heights.
“We really are so excited. We appreciate you and your colleagues in North America. We are so glad that our alumni association is working actively with the university administration so that we can have a 21st century university,” Olatunde said.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Ebun Oduwole, Provost of Postgraduate School, Prof. Gbenga Adenuga and the Registrar, Femi Ogunwomoju, were among the institution’s top officials who witnessed the presentation.
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq