By Amaka Abayomi
THE Lagos State government, through its Ministry of Education, has honoured staff, teachers and students at the 2016 Annual Education Merit Award, just as it frowned at admission racketeering and examination malpractice in her schools.
Speaking at the 2016 edition of the awards, the deputy governor, who also oversees the state’s Ministry of Education, Dr. Idiat Adebule, said the awards are to reward hardwork and also motivate the staff and students to break new grounds and enhance productivity.
Her words “Though we are here to honour our dedicated and outstanding staff and students, it is pertinent to clarify issues of admission racketeering and examination malpractice which have been bothering the state government. Collecting money from parents under the guise of offering admission to their wards or providing materials for the students is extortion and this administration is totally averse to it and is determined to eradicate both vices.”
She urged those involved in it to desist from such or risk being sanctioned.
Expressing gratitude to the state government, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Mr. Adeshina Odeyemi, said rewarding excellence, aside training and welfare, is highly motivating as it will impact positively on the students.
Aside the star prize of a brand new Chery E5 car which went to the Best Teacher in the secondary school category, Mr. Ajanaku Babatunde of Ojota Senior Secondary School, Ojota, other prizes included refrigerators, generators, washing machines, grinding machines, desktop computers, laptops and tablets.
The winners were selected over the course of the year through performance, monitoring, reports from Tutor Generals/Permanent Secretaries, punctuality, dressing, outcome of learning on the students, among others.