Gov. Sanwo-Olu Reiterates Commitment To Teachers' Welfare
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has reiterated his administration’s commitment to reward excellent service delivery in Lagos State Post-Primary Teaching Service, just as he pledged 20 cars to deserving teachers across the six Education Districts in the State. Sanwo-Olu, who disclosed this today during the virtual training of the teachers tagged “Eko Educators Webinar Performance Series 3.3”, noted that teachers are key change agents, who will be remembered for shaping future generation of leaders, and advised them to embrace technology in improving the quality of teaching to enhance their productivity. He said, “This is the era of technology and it is working well for us. Technology has become a very strong tool that we cannot do away with, in our everyday lives. With technology, we can think locally and act globally”. Mr. Governor averred that great teachers are always remembered for the lives they shaped, just as they derive satisfaction in seeing their students become role models and future leaders. On her part, the Honourable Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, emphasised that any school system thrives on the quality of teaching and learning, which is exhibited through the quality of teachers with a multiplier effect on the students. While appreciating all Lagos State teachers for indulging in self-development to complement the government organised training, Adefisayo commended TESCOM board for the idea of the virtual training, which is vital to the progress of the education sector in the State. She noted that, as the present administration’s battle against the COVID-19 continues, teachers are expected to put in their best in guiding the children aright, especially those who might have gone through different forms of abuse and trauma during the lockdown period. Earlier in her welcome address, the Chairman, Teaching Service Commission, Mrs. Elizabeth Olabisi Ariyo, said that the webinar was a conscious effort of the Commission to improve teaching styles, optimise the teaching profession and enhance the lives of the children, and ultimately, the future. She explained that the webinar was organised for Post-Primary School Teachers in Lagos State as a way of elevating their level of preparedness and pro-activeness in teaching and learning in order to meet the challenges of the 'new normal'. "The platform intends to address teachers' wellness and well-being, as well as update them on new trends to improve their teaching skills. Notable facilitators and personalities of interest in the public service and society will also be available to speak and discuss issues with them", Ariyo stated. She also appreciated the generosity of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the approval of the Teachers’ Exit Replacement programme with over 1,000 new appointees; the Retrospective Course approval for over 700 Teachers which had lingered since 2013; Digital training of all Post-Primary Schools Teachers on Microsoft Teams platform; and Capacity Enhancement of Teachers in Lagos State among other initiatives, which have boosted proper integration of TESCOM in the "new normal" The Permanent Secretary, TESCOM, Mrs. Toyin Awoseyi, while applauding the presence of Mr. Governor at the webinar, affirmed that it was an attestation of his commitment to education and enjoined the participants to put in their best for the development and progress of the sector in the State.