August 22, 2018

Lawmaker advocates for compulsory libraries for schools

Lawmaker advocates for compulsory libraries for schools

The need for every school and household to have library was advocated recently by the member representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju at Oyo State House of Assembly, Mr Afeez Adeleke. Adeleke who is the Chairman House Committee on Education said the present poor performance of students of public schools in external examinations was as a result of nonavailability of libraries in most schools and homes.

He said this at the 2016 edition of Federation of Iseyin Local Government Students (FILGS) annual Career Talk program which was an organised national body of the students’ association at the Aseyin’s palace in Iseyin.

Adeleke, while enjoining school and administrators to reach out to their alumni associations for donation of new and used books, called on parents to create bookshelves at home for their wards to be able to access books for reading at their study times, which he said would go a long way in changing students’ attitude to education and improve their overall academic performance. “An adage says ‘show me a brilliant student, I will show you a good library, it is apparent that the major factor militating against good academic performance by our pupils in public schools is the lack of a library. No matter the standard, even if it is not modern, there should be somewhere for students to go at their leisure to read and do personal research. Read more

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