By Dayo Adesulu
Executive Director, Greensprings Schools, Mrs Lai Koiki has called for training and retraining of teachers to boost the dearth of teachers in the sector, adding that continuous investment by private sector in teacher capacity development will tackle the challenges.
She said: ‘’Continuous investment by private sector in teacher capacity development will tackle the challenges that high need schools face and unshackle them to contribute to economic development.’’
According to her, if managers of the economy understand what good education could do for an individual and the nation in general, Nigerians should be worried about the state of education in Nigeria.
Speaking after an interactive session with a team from Teach for Nigeria in Lagos, Koiki said partnering with the Teach for Nigeria initiative is targeted at up-scaling teacher capacity which is the engine room of human capital development aimed at economic growth.
She further said that the management of the school will continue to impact the teaching profession because the vision of the school is to reach all the children in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Folawe Omikunle, chief executive officer, Teach for Nigeria while speaking about the initiative said the organisation adapted an approach where outstanding individuals are recruited and trained over a period of time, then are place to teach in high need schools.
She said: “Last year, we placed 45 outstanding individuals in 25 schools across Lagos and Ogun States. They have being teaching and impacting academic achievement, aspirations, attitude across the schools they are in. right now they are impacting 2,700 pupils and this year, we are looking to scale and expand the numbers”.
Omikunle said the organisation has selected 205 fellows who are undergoing training at Greensprings schools which is the most valuable partner that they have locally.
“After the training, we are going to be placing them across three states. We will be placing 105 fellows in Kaduna State, while the remaining 100 will be place across Lagos and Ogun States.
He, however lauded the effort of Greensprings School who she described as their platinum partner that provides the facility use in training the teachers.
He pointed out that there would have been no way their organisation would have been able to come thus far without the support of the school.