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Lagos deputy governor faults Ph.D as requirement for lecturing in varsities

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Lagos State Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat, has faulted the Ph.D requirement for lecturing in the nation’s universities.

Hamzat, who stated this while addressing a group of education stakeholders at the EkoEXCEL Forum in Lagos, said that when he was in school, Bill Gates came to lecture him, yet he did possess a B.Sc and is today one of the richest men in the world.

“I am not against obtaining a doctorate degree, I am a Ph.D holder, but people that have the knowledge should be given the jobs,” he said.

He added that the Lagos State Government was ready to support teachers to achieve better learning outcomes in classrooms with the introduction of EkoEXCEL initiative aimed at advancing the education sector in the state.

“Parents must make it a habit to always ask their children what they learnt from school every day. This will create a consciousness of seriousness in the children and will also assist teachers in their quest to impart knowledge in the children,” he said.

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He added that the present administration identified education and technology as one of its policy thrusts to bring about the needed changes in the sector, stressing that education and technology remain the fastest means of bridging the gap between Nigeria and the developed world.

The deputy governor, however, debunked claims that the state’s education sector was being under-funded, saying that allocation to it must be viewed holistically considering the spiral effect which other critical sectors have on education.

SUBEB Chairman, Wahab Alawiye-King, disclosed that the state government was addressing some anomalies in the sector, saying that security of schools, employment and deployment of teachers are being addressed.

“The current situation in our schools is one teacher to 75 pupils. In addressing this, we are recruiting more teachers with the hope of having a teacher to 50 children. This, I believe, will yield positive outcomes in the education of our primary school pupils,” he stated.

He added that the state government also wants to ensure that teachers are evenly distributed in addition to the provision of teachers’ quarters in remote communities as a way of addressing accommodation issues among teachers that would be deployed to the rural areas.


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