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Lagos Launches STEAM to Enhance Students’ Academic Performance

The Lagos State Government, through the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Education, has launched a technology intervention programme “STEAM” to enhance students’ academic performance.

This initiative was disclosed by the Tutor General/Permanent Secretary, Barrister Margaret Solarin.

Solarin stated that the STEAM initiative, an acronym for ‘Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics’, which kicked off on Monday March 29, 2021, is aimed at aiding the performance of students in both internal and external examinations.

She said, “In a bid to work successfully with the state government in actualising its plans for our teachers and students to excel, we at the district level have keyed into this special intervention programme which will help to put in place needed requirements for our students to excel and perform better.”

She extended her appreciation to all the technical partners who are ready to give the district maximum support in the supplies of the gadgets and enabling environment needed.

The Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mrs. Adetola Salau, explained that the state government is harnessing every laudable initiative that would aid a better performance of students in external examinations.

She stressed that ‘STEAM” was one of such initiatives.

Salau added that her office has entered into a partnership with the United States of America and German Embassies in order to have a very formidable team for the intervention programme and achieve better WASSCE results from the students in subsequent examinations.

According to her, the focus emanated from the statistics of students’ performance in WASSSCE and the need to focus on some critical areas which would be covered under the STEAM initiative.

She advised that teachers should focus on teaching methodologies that are dynamic and in tandem with the present-day realities.

The SSA added that teaching in a way that provokes creativity and new ideas should be encouraged as against teaching in abstract.

She pointed out that the students possess lots of potential that is expected to be adequately nurtured by their teachers.

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Akeem Alao

Akeem Alao trained as a language teacher. He graduated from Adeniran Ogunsanya college of Education where he studied English/Yoruba Languages and Ekiti State University where he obtained a degree in English Education.

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