The Lagos State Government says it has trained no fewer than 1000 of its secondary schools teachers in the effective use of information and communication (ICT) across the education curriculum.
Olayinka Oladunjoye, the Lagos State Commissioner for Education said that the ICT training was the beginning of a series of many capacity building interventions and activities for teachers in the state public secondary schools which the government is putting together.
The Commissioner, who disclosed this at the opening ceremony of the training workshop in Lagos said that the quality of education is one of the major planks of national development.
Nations that have developed all over the world have paid great attention to their educational service delivery as they have not only invested in physical infrastructure but also in the human infrastructure at all levels, she added.
According to her, “in Lagos State, our thinking is that while it is right to build infrastructure, it is even of greater importance to build the capacity of staff who will deliver services to the teeming populace of our State. The reasoning behind this is the fact that only competent and committed teachers teach, not bricks and mortar.”
This reasoning informed the state government’s decision to continuously invest in the education sector through a variety of interventions like physical infrastructure and development of teaching and administrative staff in state public schools, the Commissioner said.
“Apart from improving on the physical infrastructure in the State’s Public Schools, we have invested heavily in capacity building across all strata of the education sector particularly through the Lagos Eko Secondary Education Project by strengthening school administration, enhancing service delivery and improving learning outcomes,” Oladunjoye noted.
She explained that the workshop has been properly scoped to address peculiarities to make sure fitness of purpose and seamless transfer of knowledge gained into our classrooms adding that it is by so doing that the investment of public funds on this programme could be justified.
She enjoined participants to maximize the opportunity given by the workshop noting that their participation in the programme would be measured by how well they are able to apply and replicate the knowledge gained in their classrooms, lessons and in their overall effectiveness as teachers.
“Remember also that you owe it a duty to yourselves and to posterity to serve humanity diligently through your various schools. It is only when you do this and faithfully manage and execute that which is committed into your hands, that the expenditure of public resources on this learning and development intervention would have been justified.”