By Temitayo Peters

OrderPaperToday – The Lagos State government has banned the use of public schools for hosting loud ‘owambe’ parties henceforth.

“The Governor has directed that schools will no longer be used for social activities any longer. We want to implore members of the public to report any school that violates this directive and we would ensure that defaulting schools are sanctioned accordingly,” said Lagos State Deputy Governor, Mrs Idiat Oluranti Adebule while briefing the media on the strategic focus of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration on education for 2016.

Adebule who disclosed that Governor Ambode had directed that schools should no longer be used for social functions, explained that the state government was putting a searchlight on the standard of education in the private schools, saying it will no longer be business as usual for such schools that undermine best practices.

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The Deputy Governor of the State, who also oversees the Ministry of Education, said as a first step, the government will engage with private school owners and proprietors to intimate them on the action plan of the present administration towards improving the standard of education.

According to her “much as private schools are partners in the sector, we would not fold our hands and watch the standard flopped. Some schools even operate without registering with the government. We want to urge such schools to do the right thing or government will have no choice but to do what it has to do,” she said.

Earlier, Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, while giving a detailed presentation on the policy thrust of Governor Ambode’s administration for the education sector, said the state government intends to construct the biggest digital library.

He said the government was already at the planning stage of the library, while the actual establishment of the project would commence in the next quarter of the year.

He said the state government will build 10 new model schools with state of the art facilities, while two new technical colleges will be built in the course of the year in areas where such facilities are urgently needed.

On the free meal in schools project, Bank-Olemoh said the state government is currently perfecting its framework for the eventual take off, saying that the project is expected to on one hand, enhance the learning capacity of pupils and on the other, boost the economy of the state.

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