By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—GOVERNOR Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has expressed the determination of the state government to build capacity of teachers to ensure that teaching and learning experience in public schools met the best standards.
The governor disclosed this at the flag-off of the Edo Supporting Teachers to Achieve Results (Edo STAR) programme, an initiative under the framework of his reform agenda for basic education tagged Edo BEST (Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation).
He said that the state prioritises teacher training, noting that with the deployment of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to classrooms, pupils are sure to get the best from public schools.
It will be recalled that 2,000 teachers are currently being trained by the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, in the pilot scheme of the Edo BEST programme.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Basic Education and acting Chairman, Edo SUBEB, Dr. Joan Oviawe, said the two-week training will equip teachers with knowledge and skills in deploying new technologies in the classroom, noting that over 2,000 teachers and Headmasters/Headmistresses participating in the exercise will receive computer tablets and smart phones.
She added that the training component of the Edo BEST programme is identified by the acronym Edo STAR, which stands for Supporting Teachers to Achieve Results.