The Lagos State Government has concluded plans to employ no fewer than 2,000 more teachers in its public primary schools. Meanwhile, it was gathered that both officials of the Federal and State Governments are presently in consultation to fashion out guidelines and modality for reopening of schools which closure was precipitated by the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
Also, the state government, through the Office of Education Quality Assurance has designed an initiative, tagged “Read-Aloud, Lagos”, to create and stimulate the interest of school children in reading books.
On the recruitment plan of teachers, the state’s Commissioner for Education, Folashade Adefisayo disclosed this during an online show, Covinspiration show, moderated by a United Nations (UN) Youth Ambassador, Dayo Isreal, while giving scorecard of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu led administration within the 360 days.
Adefisayo said the move to employ more teachers was aimed at the standard of public primary school education in the state. She lamented that the pandemic has held the ministry of education back in the completion of its plans for the sector.
According to Adefisayo: “The administration after assumption of office decided to address the challenges in education aggressively in 2020 but the pandemic which country’s index case happened in Lagos has halted various plans for education in the state.”
She stressed that administration went back to the drawing as soon as President Muhammadu Buhari lifted the lockdown earlier imposed on Lagos and other states so as to fast track completion of 2020 plans which includes recruitment of teachers.