…begins distributing furniture to public schools
By Elizabeth Osayande
The Lagos State Government has concluded plans to employ 2,000 teachers into its public primary schools so as to improve the standard of education.
This was disclosed by the State’s Commissioner for Education, Folashade Adefisayo while disclosing Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration plans for education on an online show- ‘Covinspiration Show’.
The show was moderated by a United Nations (UN) Youth Ambassador, Dayo Isreal, to keep the public abreast of the administration’s activities in the last one year.
According to her, “The most important aspect of learning is the quality of teachers and we did not have enough teachers to actualize the set plan for learning in our public schools. And one of the earliest things we requested for and was granted by the governor was the recruitment of teachers.
“We have concluded the recruitment of 1,000 Secondary School teachers. And we are currently working on the recruitment of 2,000 teachers for public Primary Schools. And we are looking at employing teachers every quarter because the rate of retirement of teachers is very high in Lagos. The administration has granted the Ministry permission to replace retired teachers.
“Aside from recruitment, we have spent a lot on the training of current teachers to improve their teaching skills in classrooms. And this COVID-19 period was the time when we were able to do a lot of things in the education sector of Lagos State”, she noted.
She however added that plans will be activated as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic is curtailed.
Speaking on the call for resumption of schools in the state, Lagos State Commissioner for Education explained that the state will have to come into agreement with the Federal Ministry of Education to adopt guidelines on the reopening of schools.
“We are watching the behaviour of the pandemic to see what happens next and we are working with the Federal government on the reopening of the schools in the country. This is not a decision that any state can unilaterally take on its own. If we are certain that the children are safe, we will reopen the schools for learning to resume.
“We are already working with the Federal Ministry of education and they are working with National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) on the guidelines that could be adopted when the need arises for the schools to reopen. After the protocol is completed and health officials assure us that the coast is clear, we will give the schools some days to adjust their premises in accordance with the guidelines on commencement of academic activities”.
The commissioner further said that the protocol would be enforced by the Office of Education Quality assurance to ensure compliance in the state
Adefisayo, who expressed her dissatisfaction with the outbreak of Corona Virus in the state, hinted that the pandemic has held the ministry of education back in the completion of its plans for the sector, stating that the administration after assumption of office, decided to address the challenges in education aggressively in 2020 but the pandemic halted plans for education.
She, however, noted that after President Muhammadu Buhari lifted the lockdown earlier imposed on Lagos and other states to assist Nigeria gain control over Corona Virus, the Ministry officials immediately rolled up their sleeves to fast track completion of 2020 plans which includes recruitment of teachers.
As part of the programmes adopted after the schools were shut, the commissioner hinted that delivery of furniture for students and teachers was currently being delivered to schools in fulfilment of the promises made on welfare.
According to her, “Understanding that the society needs are dynamic, the government also embarked on training of experts that would fine-tune the curriculum towards preparing the students in compliance with the current needs and we have met with different educational associations on the curriculum to have their input as well”.