Friday, December 18, 2015 2:02 am
*Governor also plans to provide tablets for secondary school students
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Thursday said that the government’s “A-Meal-a-Day” programme in the state’s Public Primary schools would commence in 2016.
Ambode said this while presenting the budget proposal for next year to the Lagos State House of Assembly. The governor presented a budget of N662.58 billion.
Ambode said that the programme would be done in collaboration with the Federal Government, which would provide 60 per cent of the funding.
He said that the state government would provide the remaining 40 per cent. Osun State began the programme under Governor Rauf Aregbesola in several years ago.
“This programme promises not only to improve the daily nutrition of our children. It will also create an economy of its own, with opportunities for job creation, income generation, poverty alleviation, and so on,” he said.
Ambode said that the state government’s intervention in education would continue in the areas of maintenance of public school buildings and facilities, and provision of basic instructional materials.
He listed other areas of intervention to include free textbooks for schools and mandatory capacity building programmes for teachers in public schools.
“We intend to launch an advocacy programme `Kick Illiteracy out of Lagos’, starting from year 2016.
“I am happy to inform you that in 2016, we will develop our e-Curriculum, leading to the distribution of Ibile tablets to students in our public schools,” he said.
Ambode said that the revolution at the secondary school level would set a new standard in the educational system.
He said that it would also enhance the knowledge of the children, to enable them to compete effectively with their peers in developed countries.
(Read other budget details here: Lagos budget