Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State.

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Saturday reaffirmed his administration’s plan to transform the education sector of the State, vowing to increase government’s investment for the good of the pupils.

As part of the programme, the governor has formally launched the EKOEXCEL, a teachers’ professional development and training programme.

EKOEXCEL, which is Excellence in Child Learning and Education Programme is a Lagos State primary education transformation initiative.

With the EKOEXCEL Programme, over 14,000 Head Teachers and teachers will be moved from analogue to digital teaching, using tablets and updated curriculum. Over 3,000 primary school teachers from 300 public primary schools have been captured under the Pilot Scheme.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, flanked by Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat (right) and Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo during the formal launch of the EKOEXCEL (Excellence in Child Education And Learning) at De Blue Roof, LTV, Agidingbi, Ikeja, on Saturday, January 25, 2020.

The programme will equip teachers with skills to deliver value, empower pupils with requisite knowledge to improve education and help in sustaining the growth of Lagos State as a leading knowledge driven city and economy in the world.

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Earlier, primary school teachers went through a 2 weeks training process, organised by the State Universal Basic Education Board (LSUBEB) to increase capacity and develop manpower of teachers in the State.

The Governor said: “I am particularly happy that this programme is holding at a time when all hands are on deck to ensure that the quality of teaching and learning is improved across all our schools in the State.

“As a responsible government, we will continue the massive investment in this sector, with the training and retraining of our teachers, making the sector more ICT compliant, exposing our teachers to international best practices as well as ensuring that our schools become a destination for work and learning.

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“We resolved to address these problems through combining innovative technological approach that is scientifically based, with effective training and empowering our teachers in every Local Government to strengthen their capacity and deliver quality education to our children.”

The Governor, in a bid to encourage teachers and make good examples from outstanding ones, said the State Government will identify the best Head Teachers in all the 20 LGs and 37 LCDAs and reward them with a car each.

He noted that his administration is not paying lip service to the repositioning of the education sector, noting that it is the reason the education ministry got a significantly higher allocation in the 2020 budget.