BY TARE YOUDEOWEI
THE Lagos State Ministry of Education has held its 2014 ministerial Press briefing on the performance of the ministry, delivered by the Commissioner of Education, Mrs Olayinka Olagunsoye.
Backed by the Special Adviser on Education, Otunba Fatai Olukoga and Mrs Gbolahan Daodu, chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, Olagunsoye gave a breakdown of the progress report of 25 sectors of the ministry which covered primary and secondary education; and the office of the Special Adviser on Education which handles tertiary education
On unification of curriculum and calendar for public and private schools, Olagunsoye stated that “the American curriculum has been discontinued and its discontinuation would commence in full effect in 2014/2015 session for all schools to conform.”
On government approved schools she stated that; “no fewer than 185 nursery and primary private schools were visited for on-site inspection out of which 79 were granted approval. In the same vein, 109 private secondary schools were visited with 43 granted approval. Ten vocational schools were also approved for operation.
The commissioner added that in meeting the Millennium Development Goal of education for all, the state has been forced to congest its classrooms with as many as 60 students in a class, however, “new schools are being constructed in addition to the newly constructed schools in Ikorodu, Tarkwa Bay, Okun- Ajah, Mushin, Surulere and Agege that would aid in reducing the number of students per class in the state.”
She further restated government’s commitment through the payment of N508 million as examination and administration fees for 47,000 SS3 students in the state who sat for the 2014 West African School Certificate Examination. This was accompanied by approximately N180 million worth of books on core subjects delivered to schools throughout the state.
The Special Adviser on Education, Otunba Fatai Olukoga , whose office oversees tertiary institutions, commented on the current state of Lagos State University, stating that “bursary has increased to N50,000, N60,000 and N80,000 depending on the course and a total of 184 students are to be awarded. However, of the 21 indigent students submitted to the governor, 17 have been granted bursary. The governemrnt did not stop there, the tuition fees of 60 students at the School of the Blind, Oshodi have bben paid to the tune of N3 million.”