The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, reaffirmed on Tuesday that the most important service on the state government’s priority list to the people of the state is to provide a quality and value-driven education system.
He made this disclosure in his remark at the 2020 Education Summit hosted by the state government, where he spoke through a digital platform.
He said the state government, and his government in particular, strongly believed that if the education sector took the lead in other sectors of the economy and got things done right, this would really give the state and by extension Nigeria the desired socio-economic prosperity.
Speaking on the theme of the Summit, “Creating a Sustainable Appropriate Education Model”, Sanwo-Olu said Lagos State is deeply passionate and committed to its THEMES agenda with education and technology as one of the six key areas that will drive the state to realize its 30-year development plans project.
He said that education is not only the best legacy to leave the children, but even one of the strongest tools to end poverty and hunger.
He said that was why his government has invested heavily in education at all levels and also provided an environment for private operators to thrive and turn the system into a comprehensive one.
He said the evidence has shown that all these efforts have yielded tremendous results using improving the performance of state public school students in WASSCE from less than 40 percent to 80 percent within three years of his administration and also the zero target project at no school-age children, a good welfare package for, among others, teachers as a benchmark.
He said that while all three state universities have fixed academic calendars because their teachers do not strike, he is particularly concerned that the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) could drag on for so long.
He said it is high time the disputes between the federal government and ASUU were resolved so that students who have now been at home for more than six months can return to class.
He thanked the state ministry of education for organizing the summit and all the people and other participants for participating in the state government to significantly advance the education sector.
In her welcome speech, the State Commissioner for Education, Ms. Folasade Adefisayo, said that the essence of the submission was not to identify problems facing the education sector in the country, nor to talk about them because they are not new, but to discuss solutions. that are feasible to bring about the desired change.
She noted that Lagos State was not only concerned about learning outcomes with students striving to simply pass exams again, but also how to properly prepare them with the right knowledge and skills that will enable them to overcome adversity. and make a big impact even before they graduate.
The keynote speaker at the event and Vice Chancellor of Pan Atlantic University, Prof. Enaze Okenedo, said that quality education is no longer about the acquisition of knowledge, but about the values to be applied in terms of good character, the ability to be creative thinking, solving societal problems, collaborating, participating in teamwork and being technologically savvy among others are more important.
She said she believes the outcome of the summit will be used by both the government and the private sector at home.
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