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Lagos to include library period in school curriculum

By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsur Olowopejo
THE Lagos State Government is set to include library period into schools curriculum aimed at boosting the education in the state.

Governor Babatunde Fashola disclosed this yesterday during the commemoration of World Literacy Day with pupils of Ireti Primary School and Hope Primary School , both located at Ikoyi, Lagos.

The disclosure was sequel to a question asked by one of the pupils on why library period was not included in the present school curriculum.

Responding, Fashola said government would soon convene a meeting to consider its inclusion in the curriculum.

His words: “I would not take this as a question, but rather a recommendation, and we would quickly go back and consider including reading period in our school curriculum. I know presently there is a session for comprehension where you are given opportunity to read, but spending more time in the library is good, so I think it would be necessary to have library sessions in our curriculum.”

The governor, who earlier read the book “The Story of Ajantala” to the hearing of the pupils, urged them to emulate the main character in the book, who realised that “time and tide wait for no man.”

“Ajantala realised the importance of time and it is important we keep to time because it’s a resource we will never get back or have enough of.  What we have to do at this time, we should do and we must endeavour to be punctual and do the right things,” he said.

The state deputy governor, Mrs. Sarah Sosan, also read the same book to pupils of Ikeja Junior High School at the state’s Library headquarters, Ikeja.


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