Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the weekend assured residents of his administration’s plan to transform the education sector.
He promised to reward the best head teachers in the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas with a car each.
Sanwo-Olu spoke at De Blue Roof, Lagos Television (LTV), Agidingbi, Ikeja when he launched the EKOEXCEL, a teachers’ professional development and training programme.
EKOEXCEL, meaning Excellence in Child Learning and Education programme, is a Lagos State primary education transformation initiative.
Over 3000 teachers from schools and education districts across the state converged on the LTV premises for the event.
The primary school teachers had gone through two weeks training process, organised by the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), to increase capacity and develop manpower of teachers.
The governor said at the end of the exercise, over 14,000 primary school teachers would have benefited from the initiative, while over 500,000 pupils would have been positively impacted on.
He said that “I am particularly happy that this programme is holding at a time when all hands are on deck to ensure that the quality of teaching and learning is improved across our schools.
“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 as well as ensuring that our schools become a destination for work and learning.
“We have 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.”
Sanwo-Olu, in a bid to encourage teachers and make good examples from outstanding ones, said the government would identify the best head teachers in the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas and reward them with a car each.
He said his administration was not paying lip service to the repositioning of the educational sector, adding that it was the reason the Education ministry got a significantly higher envelope in the 2020 budget.
The governor promised that teachers would undergo free sight assessment and reading glasses would be provided for every teacher that required it, to discharge their duties effectively.
He promised to increase government’s investment for the benefit of the pupils.
With the EKOEXCEL programme, over 14,000 head teachers and teachers will be moved from analogue to digital teaching, using tablets and updated curriculum.
Over 3,000 primary school teachers from 300 public primary schools have been captured under the pilot scheme.
An initiative of the Sanwo-Olu administration, EKOEXCEL is aimed at developing a highly-skilled teaching workforce by training, supporting and motivating teachers to succeed in the classroom of tomorrow and enhance the basic education curriculum, thereby empowering children to compete effectively in the world of work.
The programme will equip teachers with skills to deliver value, empower pupils with requisite knowledge to improve education and help in sustaining the growth of Lagos State as a leading knowledge driven city and economy in the world.