Sanwo-Olu Pledges 20 Cars to Outstanding Teachers

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu has reiterated his administration’s commitment to reward excellent service delivery in the Lagos State post primary teaching service.

While disclosing this on Wednesday September 9, 2020, Sanwo-Olu pledged 20 cars to deserving teachers across the six Education Districts in the state.

The Governor made this pledge during the virtual training of teachers tagged Eko Educators Webinar Performance Series 3.3.

He noted that teachers are key change agents who will be remembered for shaping future generation of leaders.

He urged teachers to embrace technology in improving the quality of teaching which ultimately makes them great teachers.

“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,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu observed that great teachers are always remembered for the lives they shape, deriving satisfaction in their students becoming role models to be proud of.

Speaking about the initiative, the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, emphasized that most critical to the success of any school system is the quality of teaching and learning which is exhibited in the quality of teachers with a multiplier effect on our children.

Adefisayo appreciated Lagos State teachers for their continual self development in addition to the government efforts in their development.

She commended TESCOM board for the idea of the virtual training, which she said was doing well for the progress of the education sector and Lagos State at large.

The Chairman, Teaching Service Commission, Mrs. Elizabeth Ariyo, while welcoming Governor Sanwo -olu during the Webinar series, said that the Webinar was a conscious effort of the commission in improving teaching styles, optimize the teaching profession, turn around the life of our children, and ultimately, impact on our future.

She noted that the Webinar has initiated Post Primary School Teachers in Lagos State to be prepared and proactive in teaching and learning to meet the challenges of the ‘new normal’.

“The platform portends to address teachers’ wellness and wellbeing, update them with trending facts to update their teaching skill, and has had notable distinguished personalities of interest in the public service and society at large to discuss issues.”

Ariyo appreciated Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu for approving the Teachers’ Exit Replacement programme with over 1,000 new appointees.

The Permanent Secretary, TESCOM, Mrs. Toyin Awoseyi, while applauding the presence of Sanwo-Olu on the Webinar, affirmed that this was an attestation to the priority placed on teachers and the education sector and opined that to whom much is given, much is expected.

The facilitator, Mr. Fela Durotoye, CEO, Gemstone Group, delved extensively on the topic “The Making of a Great Teacher in the Centre of Excellence”, emphasizing the importance of striving to become ‘’great teachers’’.

“As important as teachers are, teachers cannot be remembered, but great teachers cannot be forgotten,” he added.

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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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