By Amaka Abayomi
The Standing Committee inaugurated by the Lagos State Government on the harmonization of Schools’ Calendar, examinations and curriculum has submitted its recommendations.
Chairman of the Committee, Dr. Femi Ogunsanya, who led other members of the committee to submit its report to the state Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, appreciated the efforts of the state government in harmonizing schools’ calendar and curriculum and further pledged to work with the government in ensuring that the disparity between private and public schools is reduced to the barest minimum.
She noted that the inauguration of the committee represents another first of the so many firsts being recorded by the state government in its efforts to move the education sector forward and indeed thanked government for the rare opportunity given to serve.
Ogunsanya also promised to assist the teachers in public schools by availing them of any the opportunity of any seminars and workshops that will train them on the best classroom practices.
Responding, the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye commended members of the Committee for job well done adding that she had no doubt whatsoever that they would deliver on the assignment given to them.
She promised to study the recommendations and ensure that a strategy is fashioned out on how to execute their various recommendations.
The standing committee was set up on the 25th of October 2003 with the terms of reference of looking into the harmonization of schools’ calendar, curriculum and the Basic Education Certificate examination for public and private Schools in the State.
The Committee is made up of representatives of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPSS), Catholic, Ansar-ud –Deen, Redeemed, League of Muslim Schools (LEMMPS), Association of International Schools in Nigeria (AISEN), Association of Private School Owners (APSO), Methodist Baptist Association of Formidable Educational Developments (AFED) as well as the Nigerian Union of Teachers and Officials of the State Ministry of Education and Office of Special Adviser on Education with Dr. Femi Ogunsanya as its Chairman.