The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Mrs. Adebunmi Adekanye, has expressed optimism that the implementation of the Yoruba Language Preservation and Promotion Law will tremendously improve academic performance in the State.
Speaking at the Commonwealth Day celebration held at Oregun Senior High School, Mrs. Adekanye stated that the directive that all school activities every Wednesday be conducted in Yoruba language will in no small measure help improve the comprehension and assimilation of students and invariably improve their overall academic performance.
Adekanye said she was impressed by the various activities that the students had put up to drive home the theme of the celebration, adding that the drama, cultural and unity dance, as well as the flawless rendition of the Yoruba version of the first and second stanza of the National Anthem, showed the students’ ability at comprehension and dissemination of information within a short period.
The Permanent Secretary continued that the theme of this year’s Commonwealth celebration “Towards a Common Future” was apt, given the prevailing world dynamics. She advised that to build a common future the people have to imbibe the spirit of selflessness, think globally, and live in peace with one another, neighbours and all residents.
She enjoined the students to stop bullying, shun examination malpractice, drug abuse and cultism if they cherish their future and wish to be in the league of players who will direct the affairs of the nation in future.
Speaking earlier, Director of Co-curricular, Mrs. Marrion Babs-Akinyeye said the Commonwealth Day celebration has become another avenue to discover the hidden talents of the students while developing those who proudly represent the State at both local and international events.