Mrs Patricia Nwabuwa, a retired immediate Education Director in Lagos State, has advocated for decongestion of schools in the State by building more public schools.
Nwabuwa made the call in an interview with told our correspondent on the sidelines of her retirement, also known as “Pens-Down’’ and thanksgiving held in her honour at Ijegun, a suburb of Lagos State.
The former President of Rotary Club International, Nigeria said more schools should be built to decongest the already existing ones.
“In terms of the location, there are some areas in the state without schools at all and children should go to schools nearest to them.
“Because of this lack of schools in proximity, students trek very long distances to get to their schools,’’ the retired director said.
She said that more parents were embracing government schools because they wanted their children to enjoy the free education offered by the State.
Nwabuwa described Lagos as a State that allows level playing ground for all stakeholders without any form of discrimination in students’ admission or recruitment of staff.
“The State is an everyman’s land because it ensures everyone has an equal chance in terms of admission of students into schools and recruitment of staff.’’
She commended the state government for prompt payment of workers’ salaries.
She described her experience as a teacher as great and worthwhile working with the State, adding that it was also quite stressful as a principal and an accounting officer to the school.
Nwabuwa listed some challenges that confronted her while serving as a school principal to include having to manage a very high population of children that outnumbered the staff.
“A major challenge in our schools is the overpopulation of students in classes, yet the principals must manage,’’ she told our reporter.
She recently retired as the Principal of Sasa Community Senior High School, Egbeda, after serving in several schools in the state for 35 years.