Lawmakers Task Sanwo-Olu On Proliferation Of Substandard Private School

Speaker Obasa And Gov. Sanwo-olu

Lawmakers Task Sanwo-Olu On Proliferation Of Substandard Private School

Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly today, called on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to help provide a more conducive environment for teachers in the State.

The lawmakers also urged the Governor to ensure prompt payment of pension to retired teachers, as a way to celebrate them for their roles in the society.

They further tasked the State government to ensure that private schools meet up with necessary requirements before they are granted approvals.

The legislators made these requests at plenary in to celebrate teachers on the 2022 World Teachers Day. 

Chairman of the House Committee on Education, Honourable Sanni Okanlawon (Kosofe1), in a motion, appreciated the efforts of teachers in the State. While also commended the State government for working to meet the teachers’ needs.

Okanlawon observed that UNESCO set aside the 5th of October, every year for the celebration of teachers. The theme of this year’s celebration is “The Transformation of Education Begins with Teachers.”

He noted that teachers during COVID-19 adopted online teaching in order not to allow learning to suffer. 

Also contributing, Honourable Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti-Osa 2), who supported the motion, said the reward of teachers should be enjoyed while they are still alive. 

Honourable Abiodun Tobun from Epe called for special allowance for primary and secondary school teachers to attract quality individuals into the profession. While his counterpart from Alimosho, Bisi Yusuff, called on State government to address teacher-student ratio. 

In his contribution, Honourable Kehinde Joseph, supported the motion by appealing to the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to resolve their crisis, so that students can return to school. 

Other lawmakers who contributed suggested means of making teaching profession attractive.

Reacting to the lawmakers’ contributions, the Speaker of the Assembly, Right Honourable Mudashiru Obasa, called on the Ministry of Education to regulate the proliferation of substandard private schools to curb the problem of poor educational output. 

Obasa stressed that the State government must continue prompt payment of pension to teachers who have retired. 

“Those who have retired must be paid, this will motivate other teachers,” he added.