Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, has counseled pupils in the state’s numerous schools to strive for greatness, show originality, and continue to make the most of digital learning to thrive in the classroom.

Adefisayo made this statement as she welcomed returning students for the second term. She emphasized on the initiatives and projects that put the needs of the students and teachers first, including the construction of 1,047 new classrooms, the building of new schools and the renovation of 197 existing ones, the building of new hostels for boarding school students with a capacity of 1,584 beds, the provision of 181,365 pieces of school furniture, the opening of new school models with track and field facilities, and the new technology-driven modules.

Schools resuming for the second term in different sections of the state were seen by certain officials from the state Ministry of Education, led by the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Abolaji Abayomi, and directors. The permanent secretary spoke to the students at the Ikeja Senior Grammar School and was pleased with their overall performance last term. “We anticipate you to set bigger goals for the coming year,” he said.

Additionally, he urged the educators to step up their efforts to raise the state’s educational bar and to tell their colleagues in other schools to do the same. “You have a lot of work on your hands, the task ahead is huge, to whom much is given, much is expected. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has committed 10 per cent of the state ‘s budget to education, he has increased salaries, he also attended the ‘World Teachers’ Day’ Celebration last October to show you his government is teacher-friendly.”

Mr. Olatunde Ojo, the principal of Ikeja Junior High School in GRA, welcomed the permanent secretary. He advised students to strive to do better academically so that they can graduate from college and contribute as productive members of society. “I implore you to keep up the good habits of neatness, punctuality, good morals, discipline, hard work, honesty, obedience and respect which are core values for successful people, pick two of these as your improvement kit to become better individuals,” he said.

On behalf of the commissioner, Abayomi advised instructors to continue doing a good job of shaping children academically and warned students to stay away from cults and hooliganism.

Responding on behalf of her schoolmates, Miss Rejoice Godwin, an SS 2 student said, “we appreciate the governor’s kind gestures, his efforts in making us technologically- compliant and we will not disappoint him.”

Mrs. Bello-Ayanfalu, the principal, has pledged to do more to support the government’s significant investments.

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