By DAYO ADESULU
Former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Adebisi Sosan has said that the problems in the education sector were no longer new, adding that the country should aim at proffering solutions to the lingering problems.
”I get bored whenever I read articles in our national newspapers containing problems in our education sector as we already know the problems, but bringing up solution becomes difficult,” she said.
She stated this at Ikeja, where over 500 schools in Nigeria and 50 exhibitors gathered for ‘Total School Support Seminar Exhibition (TOSSE), a yearly programme organised by Edumark.
Sosan said that she is, however, pleased with what Edumark is doing as its initiative is tailored towards proffering solution to one of our education problems, urging other stakeholders who have good ideas that can revamp the sector to come up with them.
Moreover, having identified some of the reasons for decadence in the sector, one of the solutions to education problems as stated by Mr Nick Anyanwu, Assistant General Manager, Rapido Ventures Limited, is the use of language lab to teach students in nursery, primary and secondary schools.
According to him, the digital device will help students to learn and pronounce very well various languages like English, Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, Spanish, German etc.
He added that because the device is digital, it can help teachers deal with each student without interference from other students.
Besides, Anyanwu reiterated that Rapido multimedia projector can also help a teacher teach using his lap top to reach the whole students in a classroom as it helps students not to cluster in a class but with the aid of the projector, students can see the presentation on the screen.
For the interactive board, he said it comes with a software which can be used to teach Biology, Physics, Mathematics and Further Mathematics making the students understand the subject better.
Meanwhile, the Principal Consultant, Edumark, Mrs Yinka Ogunde in her welcome address said that ‘Total School Support Seminar Exhibition (TOSSE) is a platform designed for the Nigerian education sector, saying that the fair is complete with everything you need to run your organisation efficiently and effortlessly.
She, however pointed out three basic things any person who goes to an exhibition needs to know in order to get the best. Ogunde charged stakeholders to meet as many people as possible, especially the exhibitors.
According to her, “We have been careful in the selection of our exhibitors. You will find them to be the most trustworthy vendors around. Each of them has something of value you will need for the growth of your school.”
She added that the seminars which have been expanded to target school owners, teachers, administrators and finance controller should take advantage of the seminars.
On his part, Dr Femi Ogunsanya, Oxbridge College said: “ I am happy we are gathered here not to analysis or complain about the problems but about the solutions.”
He noted that if all stakeholders in the sector will join hands and work together, progress will come faster. “Let us not be deceived, the hope for a better Nigeria is quality education for our children and not economic prosperity, adding, seek ye first quality education and every other things will be added,” he said.