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LAGOS: Tutor-General challenges students as schools resume for new academic session

THE Tutor-General/Permanent Secretary of Education District 1, Titilayo Solarin, has challenged students within the district to stay committed to their studies in order to excel as a new academic session commenced on Monday in public and private schools across the state.

Addressing students, teachers and parents at a brief welcome back event at the Government Secondary School, Agege, Solarin implored parents to be steadfast in the development of their children by prioritising their upbringing.

Her words: “Parents should play their roles effectively to ensure that their children excel in life. They should attend ‘Open-Day’ to monitor how their children are faring, buy necessary textbooks for them and be directly involved in the learning activities of their children.”

She also advised the teachers to invest in personal development to complement the capacity enhancement programmes already initiated by the state government for all teachers in public schools, noting that there would be several academic competitions during this session.

The TG/PS underscored the need for students and teachers to be well-prepared to win laurels from the competitions, saying “I want to encourage our school administrators and teachers to start preparing ahead by organising inter-school debates among themselves knowing that there is no gain, without pain, hence they should sacrifice today, to enjoy tomorrow.”

She thanked Governor Sanwo-Olu for his support to the education sector, through the provision of new school structures, renovation of existing ones, and equipping laboratories and libraries public schools, stressing that there are no more excuses for laxity or non-performance by anyone in government-owned schools.

Solarin also cautioned against the abuse of internet usage, enjoining everyone to use it wisely and for good reasons, pointing out that as much as the internet provides an avenue for learning, its abuse can also stand as a hindrance to learning.

A principal of one of the schools in the district, Olamide Adewale, solicited the cooperation of parents in monitoring their children alongside the school authority, noting that such collaboration helps instil morals in students.

She expressed hope that with the level of the teachers’ preparedness to impart knowledge, the new academic session would be better than the previous ones in terms of performance.

As part of the resumption day exercise, the TG/PS alongside some other officials of the district inspected school classrooms and expressed satisfaction with the turnout of the students despite the rains, maintaining that the students demonstrated a high sense of commitment on the first day of resumption.

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