Lagos State Government has trained no fewer than 1,000 of its secondary school teachers in the Effective Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) across the Education Curriculum, the State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye has said.
Oladunjoye, who disclosed at the opening ceremony of the workshop in Lagos noted that the workshop is the beginning of a series of many capacity building interventions and activities for teachers in the state public secondary schools the state government is putting together.
The Commissioner pointed out that the quality of education is one of the major planks of national development adding that 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 stated that, “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.”
She stated further that this reasoning informed the state government’s decision to continuously invest in the education sector through a variety of interventions like the development of physical infrastructure and development of teaching and administrative staff in state public schools.
“Apart from improving on the physical infrastructure in the state 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 added that the capacity enhancement programme was coming barely two months after the successful implementation of an induction programme for over 1,700 newly employed probationary teachers into the state teaching service stressing that this is a testimony of the government’s commitment to all-round excellence in the state public service.
Mrs. Oladunjoye explained that the workshop has been properly scoped to address peculiarities so as to ensure 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 afforded 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,” the Commissioner added.