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Assembly Committee Accuses Badagry Grammar School Management of Negligence

Management and staff of Badagry Junior and Senior Grammar School, Badagry have been chided over alleged negligence of the welfare of the students of the school.

The Education Committee of the Lagos State House of Assembly, led by its Chairman, Hon. Olanrewaju Ogunyemi had paid an unscheduled visit to the school where they went round the offices in the school, the classrooms, hostels, dinning halls, kitchens, libraries and the laboratories.

They were received by the Principal of the Senior arm of the school, Mr. Mautin Olubiyi Akoro and that of the Junior arm, Mrs. Ebun Ikuomenisan as well as the teachers and other staff.

According to Hon. Ogunyemi, the dinning hall of the junior arm of the school is relatively small and stuffy for the children.

While inspecting the hostels, Hon. Ogunyemi and another member of the committee, Hon. Sola Giwa expressed surprise that the facilities were unkempt and that they were congested.

“It is obvious that the teachers in the school restrict themselves to their offices and classrooms. This is dereliction of duty and it appears that the house masters are not doing anything.

“Most of the louvres are broken and the hostels are unhygienic for the children. You have left the students to their fate without making any effort to address the issues affecting them in the hostels,” he said.

Ogunyemi told the school management that the hostels need serious emergency intervention and that some of the rooms ought to have two doors as against one in the event of emergencies.

The lawmaker stressed that the ventilation in the hostels was poor and that the food being served the students were poorer than those of prisoners.

It was also observed by the committee that an average of 80 students are in a class, and they condemned the fact that only two computer systems were working out of the 20 provided for the students by the state ministry of education.

The committee later paid a visit to Lagos State Model College, Kankon, Badagry and they were received by the Principal of the Senior arm of the school, Mr. Sunday Olushina and his counterpart in the Junior arm, Mrs. Ayo Stella Mojisola.

Address some of the students, Hon. Ogunyemi stated that the committee visited them to see how they were being catered for in their hostels, how they are learning, what they eat amongst others.

The lawmaker stated that this was being done in fulfillment of their promises to the voters in the state, including the parents of the students, that they would serve their interest as lawmakers.

He however, enjoined them to keep the best hygiene, obey the rules of the schools and keep their surroundings clean.

The committee frowned at a situation, where two students sleep on a bed in the junior arm of the school and with the way the hostels were stuffy and ill-arranged.

Addressing the press after the visit, Ogunyemi stated that the essence of the oversight was to know the true state of things in the schools and that this was being unveiled to them in all the inspections they have made.

“We know that infrastructures in education requires constant monitoring and improvement. That is what we need to do in all our schools, but the government cannot do it alone. We need public-spirited individuals, philanthropists, and even corporate organisations to come to the aid of education in the state.

“Also, we must ensure that our children learn under a very conducive atmosphere, where they live and what they eat are important to the overall success they achieve in life. That is why we say that in all that we have seen there are things the government must address,” he said.

He emphasied that the committee has met with the Deputy Governor of the state, who is in-charge of education, and that she said that there was need to work on the infrastructures in the schools in the state, and that the admission process in the state schools must regulated to make sure that the number of students intake tallies with the facilities on ground.

He disagreed that the N25,000 being paid as feeding fee by the student per term should be increased as he stated that the cornerstone of the campaign of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was quality and free education.

“The N25,000 that is paid by each student per term is for feeding, accommodation is free, tuition is free and some people have said that the money is not enough, but the government can look inward for a way to subsidise it.

“Education is meant to be a social service to the people, the essence of the government is welfare and the security of the people. Part of their welfare is good education and education should be accessible uninhibited, whether you are a child of the poor or that of the rich. We will continue to support free education, I would not subscribe to the fact that the fees being charged in state schools should be increased, but I feel that the parents can come to support the government voluntarily.

“We have the school-based management committees and parents/teachers forum, they can all come together and support the initiative of the government,” he said.

Ogunyemi also stated that Education Summit was needed in the state as he said that it was important to involve the parents more in the system.

The lawmaker explained that he once said that one of the things he had in mind as the Chairman of the Education Committee of the House was to have Education Summit, where all the stakeholders can come together and address the challenges in education as a way of moving the state forward.

He said: “In the summit, we must bring everything affecting education to the table, critically examine and proffer viable solution in moving education forward in the state and I am aware that the executive is also thinking along this line.

According to him, the principals of the schools should quickly carry out the observations of the adding they have a monitoring team that would go round to determine how they have complied with the committee’s directive.

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