By Suraju Raji
The Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, has directed Lawmakers in the assembly to visit both Private and Public Secondary Schools in their constituencies to ascertain the level of the preparedness for West African School Certificate Examination in Lagos State.
This directive came following the motion moved by the Chairman House committee on education, Yinka Ogundimu under matter of urgent public importance. Hon. Ogundimu submitted that the final year students in public secondary schools were to go online with the Federal Government guideline. He said there is need to visit 535 Senior Secondary Schools in Lagos who are involved in the WAEC Examination. He said 143, 661 students with 80, 000 teachers have resumed schools. He said, “We need to monitor the examination and that is why we seek approval from the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa”
The speaker directed the committee members to visit both private and public schools to see level of their compliance on Covid-19 and the facilities on ground. Hon. Obasa therefore requested the committee on health to explain their preparedness for the examination. Obasa, therefore advised for provision of hand sanitizing machines and sanitizers. He also asked the committee Chairman on how Covid -19 affected students could be identified. To this, the health committee chairman Hon. Hakeem Sokunle replied that social distancing is necessary during the examination.
Hon. Sokunle explained, “Presently before the announcement of resumption, government has taken necessary steps, we had hand sanitizers and social distancing as necessary for safety of the students.
Hon. Abiodun Tobun in his contribution supported the committee on education to visit schools to know the preparedness for the examination and facilities against Covid-19.
Also Hon. Bisi Yusuf harped on the plight of private schools for the safety of the students, saying that it will be in line with what is done in Ogun State. He concluded that the visit must include visit to the private schools.
However, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade opined that the proposal of committee on education is good but noted that about 8, 000 schools excluding private schools are to be inspected, he wondered on the extent the committee would go on their visit.
Agunbiade therefore requested for the enlargement of the committee members. He advised that the lawmakers should go to the schools in their constituencies and bring report. Hon. Jude Idimogu, Fatai Nojeem, Okolawon and others supported the motion that lawmakers should visit schools in their constituencies, and bring their reports.