By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Lagos—THE Lagos State Government has decried what it called “low turnout” of students as public schools across the state resumed yesterday for a fresh academic session.
The state government, therefore called on parents to ensure that their children and wards resume for the new academic session immediately.
On the resumption date for schools, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Mrs. Olabisi Ariyo, made the remarks yesterday, during a tour of schools to assess the level of compliance with resumption date.
Ariyo said schools have fully resumed in the state and students are expected to be in school.
While condemning the low turnout of students in some schools visited, she attributed it to the contradictory resumption dates announced by both state and federal governments.
Ariyo explained that there was no point extending the holiday as it would not allow the students to cover the syllabus.
She, therefore urged parents to ensure that their children return to schools, while also advising Principals and teachers to use the school facilities judiciously and also ensure that the school environments are kept clean and conducive for learning.
The permanent secretary was accompanied by the Director General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Mrs. Ronke Soyombo and others.
Among the schools visited include: District Junior Secondary School, Dairy Farm Senior Secondary School, Sango Junior Secondary School (inclusive) Agege, Agidingbi Junior and Senior Secondary Schools, Ikeja.
Also, the state government, through its environmental sanitation law enforcement agency, Kick Against Indiscipline, KAI, has warned ram sellers against operating illegal markets in any part of the state as Sallah celebrations draw nearer.
The KAI Administrator, Mr. Deji Badejo, said the warning became necessary in order to prevent the illegal activities of some ram sellers who are in the habit of converting walkways, drainage, culvert and road setback to market during major festivals, like the forthcoming Eid el Kabir.
He emphasised that the sale of rams outside designated markets usually constitute environmental nuisance and defaces beautification projects of the state government.
While urging the sellers to restrict themselves to approved ram markets in different part of the state, Badejo warned that anyone caught violating the directive would be dealt with.