The Tutor General/Permanent Secretary of Education District IV, Mrs. Lola Are-Adegbite has underscored the need for collaboration between government and members of the public for the attainment of academic excellence.
Adegbite, who disclosed this at the annual exhibition of vocational training products and a session for Special Children at State Junior Grammar School Surulere, said that the State government is already playing its role to increase the literacy level across the State.
She acknowledged that there is room for improvement in the State’s educational sector and called on members of the public to complement the efforts of the State government, saying the the government cannot do it all alone.
In her words, “We as government cannot do it alone but with the help of the community, parents and community leaders we can build a better society where we can all contribute our quota through the provision of basic learning needs for school children and by encouraging children of school age to value education “.
The Tutor General reiterated that special children should be treated with affection and love in order to make them develop initiatives that would bring out the potentials in them.
In her address, the Principal of the School, Mrs. Oluwakemi Osude advocated for the need to establish social interaction platforms between regular and special students for the latter to exhibit their inherent talents and special abilities.
She said that with the help of the Eko Secondary Education Project and some philanthropic and religious bodies in providing some special teaching aids, the school can now boast of developing the academic and vocational skills of students with special needs.
The President, Estate Junior/Senior Secondary School Old Students Association, Mr. Zaccheaus Ebon also assured the school authorities to always count on the association’s support for more assistance in the future.
Ebon with other members of the association also presented the school with N200,000 as donation to all vocational departments of the school to help provide the students with better learning equipment.