BY MUSBAUDEEN SHEKONI
Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) has stated that his administration is conceiving the idea of transforming the duo of Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin, AOCOED, and Micheal Otedola College of Primary Education- Epe, MOCPED, to university degree awarding institutions as effort to amplify quality training in the state’s institutions is taking different shapes.
Fashola who disclosed this during the ‘Lagos Secondary Schools Performance Presentation’ of the “Lagos Eko Project, 2013, said the objective is geared towards improving educational excellence, confidence and to keep the growing belief in the public high school system in the state.
“We are looking at ways to improve the quality of training in our training institutions. We are still considering transforming AOCOED and MOCPED to degree awarding institutions but when we conclude we will bring it to the public.”
He said they will become schools of the Lagos State University, awarding graduate degrees in some specialties in Primary Education and also provide opportunity for combined specialties for primary and secondary education.
In his keynote address, he observed that the skills needed to teach in primary schools and the kind of pupils to manage is certainly different from the skills needed to manage older students in secondary schools and undergraduates.
“If we specialise in developing these schools and holding them to perfection, our school system will only be better for it.”
He disclosed that 1,200 new teachers have been employed and currently undergoing recruiting documentation to formalize their appointment and join the stream of already reliable number of teachers that we have built.
“This year’s awards will recognize 12 outstanding teachers who will get sponsorships for oversee training. Also, we will reward 12 outstanding principals which will also come with N256m, representing N2m for each school to do it as it pleases.
“Also, 50 schools will win the right to start their own ‘Power Kit Club.’ This club has been quite popular in reward of academic excellence in the governor’s award because the children will have the opportunity to tour all the power facilities, to see how electricity is being generated as they will also see some games that would improve their learning about electricity production and conservation.”