The Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board has commended counsellors across public primary schools in Lagos State.
The commendation was given by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs Abosede Adelaja, at the Y2020 Guidance and Counsellors end-of-year party which was held on Thursday December 3, 2020.
Adelaja applauded the counsellors for their relentless efforts in helping the pupils stay safe and sane, and assisting them in reaching their maximum potential.
She explained further that the annual event is held to celebrate counsellors for working meritoriously and also to encourage them to continue to put in their best in carrying out their duties.
Mrs Abosede implored the counsellors to always exhibit a positive attitude when discharging their duties because they are laying the foundation upon which their students will build their future.
She encouraged them to embrace a positive atmosphere at work and always leave personal challenges behind. This, she said, “will serve as a string of hope to the children that there is light at the end of every tunnel”.
The Executive Chairman of LASUBEB, Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King, appreciated the counsellors for their contributions to the education sector, most especially during the pandemic-induced lockdowns when they had to sacrifice their comfort to check on the pupils at their various homes.
He stated that the advocacy and sensitisation programmes organised by the counsellors during the pandemic helped in reducing the cases of COVID-19 among the pupils and mitigating cases of gender violence, child molestation, and other related social vices during the lockdown.
He urged them intensify effort but continue to exhibit professionalism with a sense of responsibility and commitment to their duties at their various schools.
“One thing that is unique about your calling is that you are professionals, and as professionals, you are expected to behave in a certain manner because you are guided by rules and regulations,” he said.
Awards were presented to deserving counsellors to encourage them for their selfless services.