Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has warned principals, head-teachers and proprietors of public and private schools in the state to adhere to security measures in their schools to avoid kidnapping and other illicit acts by criminals.
This was disclosed by the Director-General of the Office of Education Quality Assurance, OEQA, Mrs. Ronke Soyombo yesterday, during a one-day workshop for Principals and Head-teachers in Education District 1, in Agege.
Soyombo said the workshop was one of the platforms the state government intended to use to sensitise school managers.
The Director-General explained that the governor’s directive was to ensure that security of lives and properties in the schools are achieved, saying “we want schools in Lagos to be above their counterparts in other states.”
According to her, “the management of every school must be security conscious at the moment. We do not want anyone to come into our schools and take away our children. We expect that anyone coming into the school must come with an identity card or any form of recognition before he or she is allowed into the school premises.”
She stressed that security officials at schools entrances must provide a register for visitors to fill and state their mission.
However, Soyombo affirmed that the proprietors and principals must ensure that the school environment is conducive for learn.
His words “Every child must be catered for by the teachers. That is the vision of the state governor. Irrespective of the school that a child attends; he must be properly catered for. We were doing better in our schools before. But we cannot rely on past glories. There must be an improvement. And this is the time for us to raise the standard of education in the state.
Speaking on the workshop, she said “The workshop is to prepare the teachers ahead and principals of schools for what the standard should be in the schools.”
The Director-General added that; “The workshop has afforded us the opportunity to inform those who are the main stakeholders in the schools on what the state government’s expectations are in the education sector. We do not want to have schools where children are segregated but where all children are catered for.”