Lagos State government on Monday received delegation of teachers from the United Kingdom UK under the British Council Connecting Classroom Programme to build its teachers capacity and expose them to new teaching methods to promote efficiency and enhance better performance of students.
The arrival of the teachers, according to a statement from the Office of Lagos State Deputy Governor, is in a bid to realise the goals of improved performance of public schools students in their examinations especially the West African Schools Certificate Examinations (WASCE) and National Examinations Council NECO,
The Deputy Governor of the state, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule who received the foreign teachers on behalf of the state government, stated that the Connecting Classrooms Programme, which is for a period of 3 years is aimed at ensuring young people (teachers ) learn foundation skills and build their capacity and integrate a relevant 21st century skills into the school curriculum , thereby, improving learning outcomes for students and enhance their better performance in such a way that they will be able to compete with their counterparts from other educationally developed countries of the world.
While expatiating on the gains of the Connecting Classroom Programme to the education sector, Adebule explained that the programme will be of huge benefit as it will help to integrate new educational trends in the Lagos State educational framework which she noted is capable of promoting teacher’s efficiency, enhance better performance of students and raise the status of Lagos schools to global standard.
The deputy governor who recalled that a total number of fifty five public schools across the state benefited from the 2012/2015 edition of the programme disclosed that the programme had helped teachers from the state to demonstrate their enhanced knowledge, skills and understanding for work which she noted assisted them to compare notes and exchange ideas with their foreign counterparts from the United Kingdom.
‘’ It is on record that a total of 55 public schools (Primary and Secondary) across the state benefited from the programme and are already in partnership with other schools from the United Kingdom on the Connecting Classrooms Programme’’ she stated.
The deputy governor disclosed that Governor Akinwunmi led administration is committed to implementing a new policy initiatives geared toward what is to be known as 3600 in the public schools across the state, adding that the new policy will facilitate the expansion and improvement of a comprehensive and total education of school children by giving them an unrestricted access to appropriate, functional education and life skills programme.
While reiterating government genuine interest in qualitative and functional education in the state, Adebule noted that the allocation of 17% of its 2016 budget to education sector is a clear demonstration of government commitment in this regards, assuring that the state government will faithfully improve schools’ infrastructure, improve teaching methods and staff quality to achieve better performance outcome. She added that effort is in top gear to introduce technology based teaching learning tools in senior secondary schools to build students capacity in the use of ICT for learning.
“Government will faithfully improve schools’ infrastructure, teaching methods and staff quality to achieve better performance outcomes including the introduction of technology- based teaching learning tools for the senior category of students, this explains why a huge percentage of the budget is committed to the education sector’’ Adebule stated.
The deputy governor while admitting that the task of delivering qualitative education is enormous, noted that the cooperation and collaboration of all stakeholders including teachers, parents, the media, corporate organisations , individuals and international institution and educational agencies is imperative as government alone could not do it.
Earlier in her opening remarks, British Council’s Country Director who was represented by the Council’s Director of education and skills, Adetobi Shoyinka explained that her organisation has shown keen interest in the state’s educational development because of its position as a role model for other state, noting that the state government has always demonstrated genuine commitment to quality programme implementation in the education sector.
In all, 7 public schools will be visited by the foreign teachers where they will work with their local counterparts on the connecting classroom programme.