By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsur Olowopejo
THE Lagos State Government has disclosed plans to embarked on infrastructural projects and diverse programmes aimed at uplifting the standard of 1,663 public schools.
The plan, according to the state government, is also to ensure that more than one million students in the schools have qualitative education.
Governor Babatunde Fashola disclosed thisÂ yesterday at the appreciation meeting of the â€œSupport our schools initiativeâ€ in Lagos.
He said the impact of economic underdevelopment â€œis felt in our schools while there is much work to be done to save the sector that produced us.â€
The meeting had in attendance captains of industry, political leaders and seasoned educationists including the Deputy Governor of the state, Prince Sarah Sosan, Chairman of Elizade Nigeria Limited, Chief Executive Officers and Mr. Wale Tinubu among others.
Fashola, who commended all the partners, added that the need to restore the quality and purpose of education in Lagos State and even in Nigeria was urgent and fundamental, which â€œrequires political will and support from the private sector.
â€œWith the increasing population of Lagos State and attraction of free education policy to migrants from other states, the responsibility for 1,030 primary schools and 605 secondary schools is enormous for your government. This requires every patriot to play a role,â€ he said.
â€œThe state government had chosen to develop education and make it accessible for all our children in the state. Contrary to what cynics will have believed, this is a journey with a clear roadmap to achieve human, institutional and infrastructural reform including reversal of three decade setback.
â€œWe plan to transform this into an irreversible push to prosperity and development through the rebirth of education. This cannot be done by a magic wand. Only men and women of vision and character and courage like you can accept to be partners in such a daunting undertakingâ€.
He added that the state government had started it through undertaking â€œprojects aimed at reorienting our youths and children towards positive values in our society. Some of these initiatives include the leadership conference for 3,000 pupils in December at the National Stadium, Holiday vocation skills workshops for students, and we have continually replaced teachers who retire or withdraw their services for one reason of the otherâ€.
He said the state government had recruited over 1,500 teachers and technical colleges in an effort at endearing technical and vocational education to both pupils and parents, and â€œhave embarked on massive infrastructural development in most of our schoolsâ€.