In a bid to improve the quality of teachers through the adoption of global best teaching and learning practices in the state’s education system, Lagos State Government has partnered Microsoft to train 18, 000 teachers on the Microsoft office suite.
According to Lagos State’s Commissioner for Education Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo, the ministry decided to use the lockdown period to improve the teachers and by so doing, partnered with Microsoft to train the teachers on digital literacy.
Talking on the Eko Excel Programme, which was part of the administration’s THEMES agenda, Adefisayo noted that it had helped improve the teaching and learning experiences in the classroom between the teachers and pupils.
Regular employment to replace retired teachers
In a related development, the state government is also considering the quarterly recruitment of teachers into the state civil service, given the high rate of retirement in the state. Adefisayo disclosed this during an online show, Covinspiration, which was moderated by Special Representative to the United Nations, and British Council Global Change-maker, Mr Dayo Israel, and reported by NAN.
While discussing plans of the current administration for education, the commissioner said that the state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has granted the Ministry of Education permission to replace retired teachers and prevent gaps in the system.
“The most important aspect of learning is the quality of teachers and we did not have enough teachers to actualise the set plan for learning in our public schools,” she explained.
Adefisayo added that the state ministry of education is currently in the final stage of recruiting 2,000 to boost primary school education in the state.
No date fixed for resumption yet
Adefisayo noted that no date has been fixed for school resumption because the government is still observing the trends, discussing with federal agencies, and putting the needed facilities in place.
“We are looking at the pandemic. The main thing for us is safety first, safety second, safety third. If we are certain that our children are fairly safe, we will open school,” she said.
The commissioner also assured that online digital classes would not end after schools resume. Instead, online classes would be used to reinforce classroom teaching. She added that the ministry has received devices from donors and would be giving the same it out to the pupils to aid their learning in the coming weeks.