Jakande Advocates More Schools, Teachers

Former governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande has said the country could attain the Education for All (EFA) goals by 2015, if government would construct more schools, train and employ more teachers and make education free at all levels. He said this at the re-union luncheon/merit award/lunching of the N50 million-endowment fund for school development, organised by Odo-Obara High School, Epe Old Students' Association (ODHSOSA), in Lagos at the weekend.

While refuting the argument in some quarters that quality education cannot be free, Jakande said products of the free education of his administration occupied important positions in the country, a position they would not have attained. 'I cannot tell you how many lawyers and doctors emerged from that system and are contributing to the development of the country.' He called for the development of an effective curriculum and efficient of school inspectors, who would pay impromptu visits to schools to enforce quality teaching.