Wed. Jan 27th, 2021

Cars await 20 outstanding teachers in Lagos

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Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has pledged to give cars to 20
deserving teachers across the six Education Districts of the State.

Speaking during a virtual training of teachers tagged Eko Educators
Webinar Performance Series 3.3, he said teachers were change agents
who will be remembered for shaping future generation of leaders.

On the importance of technology, Sanwo-Olu counseled teachers to
embrace technology to upgrade their delivery.

“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.

He added great teachers are always remembered for the lives they
shape, deriving satisfaction in their students becoming role models to
be proud of.

Also, the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo,
emphasised 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

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.

She noted that as the pandemic was winding up, teachers are expected
as locus paretic to put in their best in bringing up the children who
might have gone through different degree of trauma during the

The Chairman, Teaching Service Commission, Mrs. Elizabeth Olabisi
Ariyo, while welcoming Governor Babajide 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”.

She appreciated the magnanimity of Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu for
approval of the Teachers’ Exit Replacement programme with over 1,000
new appointees , the Retrospective Course approval for over 700
Teachers which had lingered since 2013, Digital training of all
Post-Primary Schools Teachers on Microsoft Teams platform, varying
Digital Virtual trainings exposing our Teachers to be digital
complaint, various Capacity enhancement of Teachers in Lagos State and
a host of others which has up scaled and enhanced proper integration
of TESCOM in the “new normal”

While appreciating the Governor for his visionary leadership and role
model, the Chairman urged teachers and other participants to be
attentive and ensure active participation in the course of the

The Permanent Secretary, TESCOM, Mrs. Toyin Awoseyi, while applauding
the presence of Sanwo-Olu on the webinar, affirmed 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”, emphasising 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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