A newly-built containerised technology-driven modular classroom block in Vetland Junior Grammar School, Agege, Lagos, has been launched by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Speaking at the unveiling, Sanwo-Olu said that the nine-classroom block was built to replace decrepit concrete structures in Vetland Junior Grammar School, a government-owned model college.
The interactive modular classrooms were improvised using standardised reusable freight compartments, known as container.
Each of the classroom compartment is adequately-insulated to give comfort and create a conducive ambience for hybrid learning for children in the public secondary school.
The governor said the IT-enabled modular interactive classrooms would make a lasting impact in the state’s effort to make basic education accessible.
Aside from equipping the classrooms with interactive touch-screens, Sanwo-Olu said the pupils would be given electronic tablets to aid both in-class and virtual learning.
According to him, this is the future learning in public basic education in Nigeria and Africa.
”The development of containerised modular classrooms is a welcome milestone on our journey toward ensuring that no child is left behind in Lagos.
”Our goal, as a government, is to build learning spaces of the future, thereby bequeathing public schools that are driven by cutting-edge technology and that can compete favourably with the best schools anywhere in the world,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu congratulated all the 620 pupils who were beneficiaries of the state-of-the-art school, adding that children in public schools deserve the best quality of education to prepare them as part of a solution provider in the 21st century.
He urged the pupils to take full advantage of the opportunity to excel in their studies, so as to justify the intervention.
Sanwo-Olu said that the upgrade of the model college was part of the strategic interventions initiated in the public school system, which had led to the rehabilitation and modernisation of over 200 public schools.
According to him, so far, the administration has constructed more than 800 new classroom blocks and supplied about 150,000 units of furniture to public schools across all six education districts of the state.
He said that the intervention had scaled up output in teaching and raised academic excellence.
”We have also improved security in our public schools by installing watch towers, perimeter fences, panic bells and flood lights, and have prioritised the comfort of boarding students through the provision of beddings and other necessary items.
”As the beneficiaries can attest to, the welfare and training of teaching and administrative staff in our public school have received significant attention as well,” Sanwo-Olu said.
He urged administrators, teachers and pupils of the model college to take full ownership of the facilities provided and ensure the infrastructure was maintained.
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