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Lagos State Government threatens to sanction teachers engaging in ‘extra lessons’ after school

Lagos Govt warns teachers against engaging in extra lessons

The Lagos State Government has issued a stern warning to teachers and schools against extending the school day by one hour for paid extra lessons, emphasizing that this time should be dedicated to extracurricular activities. Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Jamiu Tolani Alli-Balogun, made this announcement during the inauguration of new classrooms and furniture at the Amuwo-Odofin Junior High School Complex, donated by Grimaldi Group and Ports & Terminal Multiservices Ltd (PTML).

Alli-Balogun stated that the additional hour after the official closing time should be used for activities like Red Cross, Boys Scout, STEM Club, Writing and Debate Club, and other social clubs to foster well-rounded student development. He criticized the practice of teachers neglecting the first lesson of the day and warned of strict consequences for those failing in their duties.

“Teachers should fulfill their responsibilities from 8 AM to 2 PM. The extra hour should be reserved for reading or extracurricular activities. We will no longer tolerate the use of this time for fee-paying extra lessons. Education in Lagos State is free, and no fees should be charged for any services,” he asserted.

Praising the impact of the new facilities on the Mile 2 Community and the state’s educational landscape, Alli-Balogun assured that the government would maintain these resources to enhance learning and benefit the community. The infrastructure donated by PTML includes a new access road with a drainage system, a borehole, a water treatment plant, a security gate, well-furnished gatehouse, dual desks and chairs for students and staff, roof repairs, and a 50 KVA transformer.

The Commissioner also addressed the school principal, urging them to report any teacher shortages so that additional staff can be deployed to ensure the school meets its educational objectives.

Alli-Balogun commended PTML for their generosity and underscored the importance of such partnerships in advancing the state’s development. The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Abayomi Abolaji, echoed these sentiments, highlighting the Sanwo-Olu administration’s commitment to inclusive education. He noted that the government recently paid N1 billion for students taking the WAEC Senior School Certificate Examinations, reinforcing their dedication to ensuring no student is left behind due to financial constraints.

PTML Managing Director, Ascanio Russo, emphasized the Grimaldi Group’s commitment to Nigeria, focusing on both infrastructure and the development of young minds. He detailed the company’s efforts, which began in 2021, to enhance the school complex with a new 502-meter long and 7-meter wide interlocked access road, complete with a drainage system to ensure environmental sustainability.

Russo highlighted the projects as a testament to the power of partnerships, illustrating how collaboration can turn challenges into opportunities for the next generation.

Valentine Buraimoh, Chairman of Amuwo-Odofin Local Government, acknowledged the donation as a prime example of successful public-private partnerships. He pledged continued efforts to engage willing partners in supporting government development initiatives.

Alhaji Olabode Keshinro, Chairman of the Parent Forum of Amuwo-Odofin Junior High School, assured that the donations would be put to good use. SS2 student Azeezat Shittu expressed appreciation for the upgrades, noting that they have improved the school environment and security. She also appealed to PTML to construct a hygienic food court for the school’s vendors.

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