Lagos State gives students electronic tablets

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

The Lagos State government is giving out electronic tablets (E-tablets) to at least 324,000 Senior Secondary School Students.

The E-tablets also called ‘Ibile tablets’ are expected to come with school curricular which make access to all subjects and topics seamless.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh made this known in an exhaustive presentation on the policy thrust of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration for the education
sector.

Biggest digital library
Bank-Olemoh stated that plans were ongoing to construct the biggest digital library.

“The Lagos State government is already at the planning stage of the library, while the actual establishment of the project would commence in the next quarter of this year,’’ he explained.

The government would also build 10 new model schools with state of the art facilities while two new technical colleges would be built in the course of the year in areas where such facilities were urgently needed.

Biometric capturing of students
Mr Bank-Olemoh revealed that all the students in Lagos would soon be biometrically captured and given personal identification number.

“Plans have been concluded to register all students in both public and private schools in the state under the Lagos State Student Personal Identification Number (LASPIN) project to aid proper planning,’’ he stated.

On the free meal in schools project, Mr Bank-Olemoh stressed that the State government was currently perfecting its framework for the eventual take off.

He added that the project was expected to not only enhance the learning capacity of the pupils but equally boost the economy of the state.

No more parties in schools
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Adebule said government would no longer allow social functions or parties in public schools and warned Private schools owners across the state to comply with the rules and regulations guiding their operations.

Briefing Journalists in her office, Dr. Adebule implored members of the public to report any erring school.

She affirmed that government defaulting schools would be sanctioned accordingly.

“Government is putting a searchlight on the standard of education in the private schools… It will no longer be business as usual for such schools that undermine best practices. As a first step, the
government will engage with private school owners and proprietors to intimate them on the action plan of the present administration towards improving the standard of education; though government is willing to partner with private schools, they must also be willing to adhere strictly to the acceptable standard.

“Even as private schools are partners in the sector, we would not fold our hands and watch the standard flopped. Some schools even operate without registering with the government. We want to urge such schools to do the right thing or government will have no choice but to do what it has to do,” she explained.

The Deputy Governor is also the Lagos State Commissioner for Education.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere