Lawmaker Embarks On Free Holiday Classes For Constituents

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The dwindling reading culture among youths and the effect of idleness during students’ holidays are some of the challenges facing education in the country.

As a result, a lawmaker representing Lagos Island Constituency 2 at the State House of Assembly, Wahab Alawiye-King, has engaged 1,000 students in his constituency in a five-week free holiday coaching classes aimed at their success in examinations.

Alawiye-King also said the tutorial classes would aim at getting kids, especially the ones who engaged in hawking petty things, off the streets.

The lawmaker, who decried lack of seriousness given to education in Nigeria, said “we have realised that an idle mind is the devil’s work place and that is why we have decided to get them engaged positively.

“We also know about the dwindling reading culture and the deficiency in students’ ability in Mathematics and English.

“The classes are free and although other subjects are taught, we centre more on the two most important subjects,” adding that it was his resolution to ensure that education gets to a greater place in his constituency and even in the entire Lagos Island.

“We have had other education support programmes like buying GCE forms, doing training in computer knowledge in the past, this is the first of its kind in the area.

“It is a long holiday and it is right to keep them busy throughout this period,” he disclosed further.

He said the programme, which was intended to accommodate about 500 students in its pilot survey, ended up having 1,000, adding that he had to put a stop to the registration of students as the budget for the classes was over stretched.

As a result of the population, he disclosed, the programme is now held in two schools which are St. David’s Primary school, in Faji and St. Peter’s School, Oke-Suna, Lafiaji.

Alawiye-King, who is known for brilliant submissions on the floor of the House, said even though he did not anticipate how the programme would be received when he started it, he is excited that the students are beginning to see the need to be serious in life.

He said he was motivated by the number and would do everything possible to keep the programme up and that he would accommodate more students in the next edition.

Apart from the normal tutorial classes, the students organise competitions such as debate and quiz, which, according to him, is used to nominate beneficiaries for his scholarship programme.

“At the end of the coaching classes, I will give the award to 20 students to encourage them for their seriousness with studies,” he enthused.

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