The Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB) has begun registration of pupils into early child development education (ECCDE) and primary one classes of public schools for the 2020/2021 academic session.
The registration of pupils for the next session was flagged off with a symbolic enrolment by the SUBEB Chairman, Mr. Wahab Alawiye-King and other Board members during a programme organised to celebrate this year’s Children’s Day last Wednesday.
The programme held at the SUBEB headquarters in Maryland, Lagos also featured a prayer session and distribution of some food items to the children in attendance.
Addressing parents at the event, Alawiye called on the parents to invest in both the academic and spiritual rejuvenation of their wards.
He said academic excellence through spiritual rebirth was needed to succeed in life.
He said the present situation across the world that had made it difficult for school children to gather for learning or celebration needed spiritual intervention, hence the decision of the Board to hold the special prayer session.
“This prayer session is a spiritual investment in the future of our children. It is our fervent belief and prayer that this pandemic ends soon. We hope that our children for whom we have organised this feel appreciated and celebrated,” he said.
The Chairman said it was important for parents to know that government cannot invest in education alone without support from the society.
“There is need for strong collaboration with NGOs, corporate organisations and well-meaning individuals for the provision of free, compulsory, accessible and Qualitative Basic Education. I seize this opportunity to appreciate those that have contributed to this cause,” Alawiye-King said.
He counseled the children to adhere to measures meant to check covid-19 pandemic, such as observing physical distancing, use of face masks, practicing hand washing hygiene among others.
Muslim cleric at the session, Dr. Abdulgarfar Kukoyi admonished the children to shun indiscipline, be patient, humble and manage their time well; while Dr. Akinnusi Felix, the Christian cleric urged parents to enrol their children in schools near their home.