By Amaka Abayomi
FIVE thousand, two hundred and twenty three participants, comprising the state school improvement team, school improvement officers, education secretaries, heads of sections, head teachers and class teachers have been trained on literacy and numeracy teaching skills while 743 head teachers participated in a four day leadership training programme organised by the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board.
Giving a breakdown of activities of the Board at the 2015 ministerial press briefing in commemoration of the 8th years in office of Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, Chairperson of Lagos SUBEB, Mrs. Gbolahan Daodu, said 2,552 primary one to three teachers were trained on improving literacy teaching skills in primary schools, 50 special education teachers were trained on performance improvement while another 61 care givers and Early Childhood Care and Development Education, ECCDE, desk officers at the LGEAs participated in a workshop on active model learning approach in pre schools.
She said “in the area of infrastructural development, 531 classrooms and 678 toilet cubicles were completed and handed over for use while wall fences, gates and gate houses were completed and handed over in six schools, while over 400 classrooms with other essential accessories are at various stages of completion from the year 2009/10 TETFUND and year 2013 UBEC/SUBEB intervention fund projects awarded in November 2014.
“Out of the 129,315 candidates that sat for the year 2014 placemen tests, 125,535 passed and were placed into public junior secondary schools, 43,084 children aged three to five were registered for the ECCDC classes while 51,292 pupils were admitted into primary one. “During the period under review, the state government paid N24,556,100 as the JSCE practical examination fees for 90,268 candidates, 1,838 pupils of the inclusive schools benefited from the mid-day meal, while lesson notes were supplied to primary two and three teachers.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, said in the state government’s quest to provide high quality education that is accessible to all, 524,219 books valued at N282,888,324 were procured and distributed to all public primary and secondary schools while 641 copies of schemes of work were distributed to all secondary schools in the six education districts.
She added that Lagos students emerged overall best in the 2014 National Festival of School Science for Senior Secondary Schools held at Uyo, Akwa Ibom State as three of the six best projects were from Lagos State. The projects were W2 Ptri-Power Generator by Doregos Private Academy, Ipaja, Power failure solution by Government Technical College, Agidingbi, an Walnut – Lasting and Sustainable Solution to Halitosis by Doregos Private Academy, Ipaja.
“The three projects represented Nigeria in Los Angeles, California, USA at the 2014 INTEL/ISEF international science fair, while Walnut – Lasting and Sustainable Solution to Halitosis by Doregos Private Academy, won the SIGNA XI award for innovation in science research with a £1000 gift and certificate of excellence.”