The Chairman of Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, Mr. Wahab Alawiye-King has charged relevant authorities in charge of school maintenance to assume responsibility for school property and infrastructure as well as develop a special maintenance strategy that would guarantee the durability of school buildings and infrastructure.
Alawiye-King, who gave the charge while commissioning a new school building, Ayanleye Memorial Primary School in Ifako-Ijaiye area of the State on Monday, noted that the community, parents and teachers need to work together and take ownership of schools within their domain and not wait for it to crumble before it is fixed.
He said that the attention being paid to school infrastructure under the present administration was as a result of the determination of the State Government to bridge identified infrastructural gaps and also work towards striking a balance in other areas of competing needs.
The Chairman attributed the dilapidated state of some schools to negligence and lackadaisical attitude on the part of some stakeholders who ordinarily should have assumed ownership of those schools.
The commissioning of the new school building, according to him, was to ensure that Lagos State pupils have a conducive teaching and learning environment.
While advising the management of the school to ensure that other facilities put in place within the school are well taken care of, Alawiye-King pleaded with Lagosians to be the ears and eyes of the government in their various domains and prevent willful damage of public property.
The Head Teacher of the School, Mrs. Grace Oloruntoba, commended the State government and Chairman LASUBEB for the improved learning environment created for the pupils.
She underscored the role which conducive learning atmosphere plays in the learning, stressing that for young people to meet future challenges, the ongoing reforms in the State education system becomes indispensable.
“Having a conducive environment is one of the key elements for learners to perform well, this is why the gesture of the State Government must be commended for making the welfare of pupils and teachers in Lagos State top priority”, she reiterated.