By Amaka Abayomi
AS academic activities for the 2017/18 academic session gathers momentum in primary and secondary schools across the country, the Lagos State government has assured of the safety of her students as adequate measures have been put in place to make public schools safer and more secure.
Speaking at a sensitisation workshop tagged ‘Towards a Safe and Secure Learning Environment’ for Principals, Vice Principals and Hostel Masters of Model Colleges and secondary schools, the Deputy Governor, Idiat Adebule, listed some measures put in place taken to prevent kidnapping in schools and to ensure that schools are in good conditions.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Adesina Odeyemi, Adebule said some of the measures are the construction of perimeter fences, clearing of bushes within and around the premises of all public schools, installation of watch towers, flood lights and alarm systems to alert students and teachers in case of intrusion, among others.
In the same vein, the Office of Education Quality Assurance, led by the Director-General, Mrs. Ronke Soyombo, has commenced a pre-resumption assessment of all primary and secondary schools in the state to ensure they are in good condition.
According to Soyombo, it is important to ensure that schools are in good, safe and ready-to-learn conditions as the state government’s primary goal remains better teaching and learning in a conducive environment, care, guidance, safety and child protection in schools below tertiary level across all education districts in the state.
She emphasized the importance of security in every school which includes physical structures like proper fencing, burglary proofs, doors and school safeguarding personnel alongside proper environmental sanitation, hygiene and friendly play area, well arranged library, psychologically prepared teachers and conducive learning environment.
She said: “We know we have good schools, but we want to see them come out better. Our standard is improving and we want to see them come out the best.”
Soyombo who expects a better output in the state’s education sector this coming academic session encouraged school administrators to avoid foot dragging in order to give their best, said: “Any form of laziness and negligence of duty will not be tolerated from head of schools and school administrators because we will continually embark on school monitoring to encourage head of schools to discharge their duties and not be found wanting,” she said.