The chairman of the Ekiti State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Prof. Femi Akinwumi, has disclosed that the state government has commenced the demolition of substandard school buildings in the state, as part of its move to provide a conducive learning environment for pupils and make the state a safe haven for all.
The demolition exercise commenced on Monday, 18 January with the demolition of Mount Mary Nursery/Primary School, Oke-Ila in Ado-Ekiti.
According to Akinwunmi, substandard structures in 532 primary schools across the state are expected to be demolished, to give room for the building of new ones, adding that the structures were built in the pre-colonial era dating back to 1920, and this made them too old-fashioned for the new age.
He further explained that the removal of these buildings would also prevent criminals from using the dilapidated buildings as hideouts for their activities.
The government also threatened to prosecute no fewer than 1,000 newly recruited primary school teachers who presented fake certificates and falsified their ages.