Jimi Agbaje, governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has scored the Lagos State Government low in terms of primary education. He noted that there is need for huge improvement in the education sector, adding that Lagos State government has not paid enough emphasis on primary education which is the most important in the education of every Nigerian.
“We need to make Lagos work better. A lot of the education budget is spent on secondary and tertiary education. Lagos State has spent about three per cent on primary education and it is negligible. Children don’t have a good foundation. Because the primary level is not working, you have children in the private primary schools,’’ Agbaje told Channels Television, Tuesday.
Apart from primary education, he also said if elected he will focus on housing and transportation and other areas.
He said that funds for the needed improvements would be generated from leakages that would be tightened. Expand the economy to be able to raise money. To tackle the challenge, Agbaje said that technical and vocational skills acquisition would be funded to empower individuals to be productive.
“The state government spends about 1.5 per cent of its education on technical and vocational skills. We will address unemployment better if we place emphasis on vocational skills,” he stressed.