How Lagos is repositioning education, by Adebule
The newly introduced Lagos State Student Personal Identification Number (LASPIN), the adoption of e-curriculum platform/solution to assist teachers in accessing directly, the subject curriculum and syllabus, and the systematic introduction and exposure of students and teachers to information technology-based teaching and learning tools are all steps geared towards repositioning education in the state.
Students in all state-owned primary and secondary schools in Lagos State would be issued the LASPIN after their biometrics have been captured.
Deputy Governor/ Commissioner for Education, Dr. Idiat Adebule, while making the disclosure explained that the LASPIN would be the unique identity of each student throughout his/her sojourn in the state’s education system.
Adebule pointed out that the transfer process of students in the state would now be streamlined as a result of the introduction of LASPIN as it will not only control, but discourage abuse and make the process more transparent.
The deputy governor also said that the government was determined to improve on the pass rate for Lagos State Students at the external examinations particularly WAEC and NECO examinations from the present 37 per cent to not less than 60 per cent by 2019.
She reiterated the state government’s commitment to the adoption of e-curriculum platform/solution to assist teachers in accessing directly, the subject curriculum and syllabus as released by National Education Research and Development Council (NERDC).
She noted that intensive monitoring and supervision of teaching and learning activities in schools by the quality assurance office and the need to ensure that course works and tests were challenging enough to meet WAEC/NECO standards were parts of measures that have been put in place in the state in order to achieve the zero tolerance for failure and poor performance by students in Lagos schools.
According to her, improved local and international training and development programmes for teachers and school managers would also be undertaken to enhance their capacity to effectively teach and impart knowledge with dexterity and employing modern tools and methods as well as learn contemporary school management skills.
In order to curb the culture of indiscipline and cult activities in public secondary schools, the deputy governor noted that rules and regulation have been firmed up thus students handbooks have been introduced while the use of the black book/list of offenders would be revived in secondary schools in Lagos State.