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Lagos revitalises public education system to meet global standard 

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The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has reiterated his administration’s plan towards transforming the education sector to meet global standard by ensuring access to quality education for all children.
   
He said as Lagos aspires to be a 21st century economy and maintain its position as a leading economy in Africa, the government will ensure a critical investment in basic education, which is required to build the quality workforce needed for the future, especially increasing confidence in the state’s public education system.
     
The governor stated this during the formal launch and graduation ceremony of the Excellence in Child Education and Learning (EKOEXCEL) teachers professional development and training programme held during the weekend at Ikeja, Lagos.

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The event saw over 4, 000 teachers from 300 public primary schools graduate after weeks of intensive training oganised by the State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB) to increase capacity and develop manpower of teachers in the state.
     
Sanwo-Olu noted that his administration, through the EKOEXCEL initiative, will support over 14,000 primary school teachers  to achieve better outcome in the classroom and drive excellence in learning for about 500, 000 pupils across the 1016 public primary schools in the state.
     
“As a responsible government, we will continue the massive investment in this sector, with the training and retraining of our teachers, making the sector more ICT compliant, exposing our teachers to international best practices and ensuring that our schools become a destination for work and learning, as well as review the school curriculum such that it reflects current and future industry needs to positively influence and reshape the present educational system in the state and upgrading school infrastructure.
   
 “We resolved to address these problems through combining innovative technological approach that is scientifically based, with effective training and empowering our teachers in every Local Government to strengthen their capacity and deliver quality education to our children.”
 
The governor, in a bid to encourage teachers and make good examples from outstanding ones, said the state government will identify the best Head Teachers in all the 20 councils and 37 development areas and reward them with a car each.He also promised that teachers will undergo free sight assessment and reading glasses provided for every teacher that requires it to be able to discharge their duties effectively, noting that his administration is not paying lip service to the repositioning of the education sector, which is the reason the education ministry got a significantly higher allocation in the 2020 budget.
   
In her remark, the Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo, explained that the initiative was designed out of government’s recognition that children in public primary schools in Lagos are going to live a different life, which would be compared to their counterpart in developed countries, adding that it will also ensure that there are no record of out-of-school children in the state.
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Adefisayo maintained that the initiative would see all head teachers and teachers in public primary schools moved from analogue to digital teaching, using tablets and updated curriculum.
     
“It is our view that we will deliver a radical better learning outcomes for our future leaders as the initiative is going to provide our schools with the technology based up skills, scientific – proven pedagogical approaches and a complete 360 degree support system that will beacon across educational strides.”
   
Chairman of Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB), Wahab Alawiye-King, on his part, said the government, through the initiative, will rapidly reform the primary education sub-sector, as well as improve the quality of learning of pupils across the state.This, he said, would also boost school enrolment, while citing the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and World Bank report that revealed Nigeria has over 12 million Out-of-School Children with many of them in Lagos and northern states of the country.

Alawiye-king, who stressed that the wealth of Nigeria cannot be harvested without adequate investment in the pursuit of knowledge, reassured that the board would continue to seek the support and cooperation of the Lagos State House of Assembly in ensuring that the necessary legislative framework is put in place to guarantee the sustainability of EKOEXCEL beyond this administration.

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