The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday, promised to transform the state’s educational sector before the end of his tenure. He added that the transformation will be one that the residents of the states will be proud of.
Sanwo-Olu, at a meeting with Public Private Partnership (PPP) dialogue with private sector executives, held on Victoria Island, made the declaration as he launched the state’s transformation plan.
He said, “I am hoping that this sector at the end of my tenure will be one you will be very proud of.”
To show his commitment, the governor noted that the state’s educational sector got a raise in the 2020 budget with N136billion compared to the N65billion in the 2019 budget. This, according to him is to implement the 15 focus areas covered by the transformation plan.
He also added that a programme to improve teaching and learning in public secondary schools would be launched in April. This, he noted would compete favourably with the Eko EXCEL technology initiative launched in February to improve teaching and learning in public primary schools.
Sanwo-Olu recognized some of the suggestions made by the private sector partners at the event, promising to utilize their ideas in addressing the high tax concerns and land request of private school proprietors; establishing a state-of-the-art technology-driven school in a containerised structure suggested by Buddzone; and making public buildings accessible to special needs people, among others.
Present at the meeting was the state’s Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo, who commended the government the Eko EXCEL initiative; recruitment of 3,000 teachers; infrastructural upgrade; ICT upgrade and improvement of performance in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
She reiterated that the government has its interest in upgrading school infrastructure; curriculum; school governance; quality education delivery; welfare of students and school personnel; technology, among others.
She said, “We are working on a deep plan to improve WASSCE results. Lagos State is sixth in Nigeria. In all where I have worked, I have never been number six. We are working to get to number one.”
Adefisayo noted that the state is ready to engage them and is open to partnership in six areas such as improving capacity and welfare of school personnel; upgrading education resource centre; investment in secondary school infrastructure; enhancement of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET); improvement of Special and Inclusive Education; and other broad sectoral intervention areas such as provision of data; character reforms, etc.