The Lagos State Government, on Tuesday, said it would upscale its feeding programme in public schools across the state to boost pupils’ welfare, improve attendance and reduce the menace of out-of-school children in the state.
The state Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr Jamiu Alli-Balogun, stated this during his visit to some schools to monitor second term resumption for the 2023/2024 academic session.
Alli-Balogun, according to a statement by the ministry on Tuesday, assured that the state government would deploy its resources for the safety of students and staff in the new year, while urging teaching and non-teaching staff and students to make 2024 count for excellent performance.
“The Lagos State government has expressed determination to ensure that the limited resources of the state are deployed for the safety of students, pupils and school personnel in this new year.
“Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration has reiterated its commitment to upscale school feeding programme in public schools to boost pupils’ welfare, improve attendance and reduce the menace of out-of-school children in Lagos State.
“Many of our students, pupils and teachers made us proud in 2023 individually or as representatives of various schools, this naturally encourages the state government to do more,” the commissioner said.
He urged students to stay off drugs, shun cultism, avoid gang wars and examination malpractice, saying, “The energy for such vices can be diverted to various co-curricular activities encouraged in schools and sometimes supported by various non-governmental organisations.”