Some educationists on Friday commended the Lagos State Government for efforts put in place in raising the standard of education.
The educationists said in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the present administration is investing heavily on education.
A retired teacher, Mrs Mopelola Ogunwale, said that the state government had put in place so much to ensure effective teaching and learning.
According to her, the challenge has been the inability of parents to complement government’s efforts by providing the necessary writing materials.
“Government has provided textbooks for the pupils but because of some parents’ nonchalant attitude, some children are still lacking basic things like writing materials,’’ she said.
She, therefore, urged parents to wake up to their responsibilities by catering for their children and wards.
Ogunwale also appealed to the state government to fill vacancies created by retired teachers.
Also speaking to NAN, a retired teacher, Mr Adewale Akindunjoye, commended the state government for providing a conducive environment for learning.
Akindunjoye urged students to take advantage of the nice environment to strive toward academic excellence.
Another retired teacher, Mrs Veronica Azu, told NAN that in her 35 years of teaching, things had not been smooth, until recently.
“Things had gone bad at a point in time in the education sector but government is putting them right now.
“I have seen the ugly and the bright side of education but things have picked up and getting better with this administration,’’ she told NAN.
Azu advised the government not to relent in its efforts by recruiting more teachers to fill vacancies created by retired teachers.
Meanwhile, Mr Olufemi Adedeji, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Mainland branch, said that the only way to tackle the problem of shortage of teachers “is through constant recruitment’’.
Adedeji, while commending the state government, lamented that primary schools in the state were under-staffed.
He advised retired teachers to engage themselves in other productive ventures since monthly stipend they were used to, would no longer come.