Story from Kenneth AFOR, Lagos
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has urged teachers in the state to adopt the use of technology in improving the quality of teaching in order for them to be outstanding in the profession.
The Governor made this call on Wednesday during the state’s virtual training of teachers tagged: Eko Educators Webinar Performance Series 3.3.
In his address, he reiterated that his administration is committed to rewarding teachers who have performed optimally in the state’s teaching service, thereby pledging 20 cars to deserving teachers across the six education districts in the state.
The Governor added that great teachers are always remembered for the lives they shape, deriving satisfaction in their students becoming role models to be proud of.
“This is the era of technology and it is working well for us. Technology has become a very strong tool that we cannot do away with, in our everyday lives. With technology, we can think locally and act globally”, he said.
On the other hand, the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, said that quality teaching and learning which is the key to the success of any school can only be achieved through the quality of teachers in the system.
She appreciated Lagos State teachers for their continuous efforts in self-development and improvement coupled with the help from the government.
Adefisayo also extended her commendation to the Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) for the virtual conference adding that the commission is doing well for the progress of the education sector and Lagos State at large.
She charged teachers to put in their best in bringing up the children who might have gone through a different degree of trauma during the pandemic even as the COVID-19 pandemic is winding up.
Also, the Chairman of TESCOM, Mrs Elizabeth Olabisi Ariyo in her welcoming speech, asserts that the webinar was a deliberate effort by the commission to improve the teaching styles, optimize the teaching profession, turn around the life of our children, and ultimately, impact on our future.
She appreciated the magnanimity of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for approval of the Teachers’ Exit Replacement programme with over 1,000 new appointees, the Retrospective Course approval for over 700 teachers which had lingered since 2013, digital training of all Post-Primary Schools Teachers on Microsoft Teams platform, varying Digital Virtual training exposing our teachers to be a digital complaint, various capacity enhancement of teachers in Lagos State and a host of others.
She hinted that participants are expected to be proactive in teaching and in learning in order to enable them to overcome the challenges of the ‘new normal’.
“The platform portends to address teachers’ wellness and wellbeing, update them with trending facts to update their teaching skill, and has had notable distinguished personalities of interest in the public service and society at large to discuss issues,” she said.