Lagos to build houses for public school teachers

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State governor

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has disclosed plans by his government to build teachers’ quarters in public schools across the state.

According to him, the designs of the project would be unveiled in the later days.

He also pledged that dedicated teachers in each of the 20 local government areas of Lagos State would henceforth be rewarded with cars.

Mr Sanwo-Olu disclosed this on Tuesday at the Year 2020 Education Public-Private Partnership Dialogue in Ikeja, the state capital.

He also expressed the government’s readiness to collaborate and partner with the private sector stakeholders in Education Sector to deliver approved educational outcomes in the State.

The Governor stated that the first “E” in the T.H.E.M.E.S pillars of governance agenda represents the administration’s commitment to reform the education sector for an overall objective of a Greater Lagos.

He stressed that the demonstration of this commitment in a number of ways include increasing the budgetary allocation to Education, the Eko-Excel initiative – Excellence in Child Education and Learning – which trains and support Public School Teachers and Administrators to incorporate technology into teaching across all Local Governments and LCDAs’, Schools rehabilitation and redevelopment.

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Sanwo-Olu revealed that so far, 60,000 chairs and table units had been distributed to some schools and promised that a hundred thousand unit is targeted before the year ends.

In the highlight of his keynote address, he stressed that as policy makers and private sector professionals, there is need to ensure that emerging generations of young people are exposed to the same high quality educational opportunities with a comprehensive and well-rounded education that involves the impartation of skills such as empathy, leadership, self-confidence as well as inculcating values and ethics in the young adults.

Mr. Governor outlined areas which stakeholders in the Private Sector can collaborate with his government such as adopting schools and teacher training centre to fund, equip and upgrade; providing accommodation; donating equipment and technology tools.

Others are funding a Lagos State Teachers’ Welfare Fund; sponsoring work experience schemes for students and teachers, sponsoring Local and International exchange programmes; investing in Special Needs Education; providing consultancy services for monitoring and evaluation, capacity development, data gathering and analysis.

He revealed that there would be several concession opportunities for the Private Sector to take advantage of, through their impactful collaboration.

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Earlier, the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo while presenting the BOS Education Transformation Plan (BOSETP) needs of Education reeled out the efforts and achievements of the Ministry since coming on board.

Mrs Adefisayo revealed that the Ministry had begun the construction and upgrade of public schools and in view the commissioning of a new school.

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