agos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has unfolded plans by his administration to reward diligent teachers in the state, saying that the reward of teacher’s is not only in heaven, but that they will receive their reward while alive.
This was as the governor promised to give head-teachers official cars for them to be more committed in discharging their duties and ensure efficiency in the school system.
The governor disclosed this when he paid unscheduled visit to CMS Schools complex in Bariga to assess the on-going capacity building programme initiated by the state government for public primary school teachers in the state.
Towards this end, over 2,000 teachers across all the 57 local government councils in the state are undergoing a two-week intensive training under the auspices of the Eko Excel Initiative.
The programme, according to the government, is a key component of the Governor Sanwo-Olu administration’s education blueprint seeking to deploy technology to fundamentally transform the basic education template, thereby improving the outcome of teaching and learning process.
Sanwo-Olu, who noted that at some of the training sessions, the teachers were expected to develop emotional intelligence after the training, said such would go a long way in helping them to focus on how best to prepare pupils in their care for learning.
Already, the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and its technical partner, the Bridge International Academies, had trained some 2,400 primary school teachers in the first phase of the capacity building programme.
The governor said that the training had become necessary in order to incorporate primary school teachers into the reforms being introduced to improve education standard at the foundation level as well as enhance the quality of education in the state.
Apart from the training, Sanwo-Olu also pledged that the state government would also support the teachers with attractive welfare package that would boost their morale and enhance productivity.
He said: To better motivate the teachers and get them committed to their duty, this administration would introduce a vehicle scheme for head-teachers to support them in delivering their responsibilities.
“People used to say that teacher’s reward is in heaven. In Lagos State, all diligent teachers will receive their rewards while they are alive. As a form of reward for your efforts, we are going to give head-teachers official vehicles. We expect that this will spur you to be more committed to your duties.”
The governor, therefore, said his administration had concluded plans to digitise curriculum of basic schools, noting that modern techniques were being deployed to maximise learning process in all public-owned primary schools in the state.
Besides, he added that teachers required the training to enable them to use the technology being introduced by the government to achieve and measure academic growth in primary schools.
“We are changing the mode of instruction in our primary schools and we are deploying technology to achieve this. By this, we are creating a situation where schools will be more attractive to our children, irrespective of their social background. We believe the first effort to shape their future is to make them look forward to going to school every day in their formative years. When we properly prepare them at that cognitive stage, we have carved a good future for them,” he added.
The unscheduled visit, which is aimed at strengthening the teachers’ capacity in discharging their tasks, it was however learnt, was the first of its kind in the last two decades for primary school teachers,
The governor was accompanied during the visit by the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo; Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mrs. Abosede Adelaja, and the SUBEB Chairman, Wahab Alawiye-King.