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07 Apr 2014


Lagos State Ministry of Education in conjunction with Teachers’ Establishment and Pensions Office (TEPO) and the Public Service Staff Development Centre (PSSDC), Magodo organized a five (5) day induction course for about 1775 newly employed teachers in the State Secondary schools. The Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye stated that Lagos State Government in its quest for the development of Education and also to reduce the rate of unemployed graduates in our society and Lagos State in general has injected new blood into the Education Sector. She added that the employment of teachers was done to provide qualitative education and to further overcome the challenges facing the education sector. According to her, ‘’if we don’t train, we should not blame’’. She added that the training and retraining of teachers is a key factor to the development of education and also to raise the standard of education for the teachers in order to add value to the teaching profession for the students to excel in both internal and external examinations. The Commissioner also disclosed that the reward of hard work is more work and said that good opportunities are awaiting them. Therefore, she urged them to be committed, dedicated, devoted and loyal to the service. The Commissioner for Establishments, Trainings and Pension, Mrs. Florence Oguntuashe declared that the ultimate goal of the Fashola led administration is teachers’ welfare. Mrs. Oguntashe therefore urged the inductees and the rest to join hands together with the State government for the progress and development of Education. She added that the result would determine the effectiveness and the efficiency of the service being rendered. While enjoining them not to rely on government alone for their skills acquisition. The Chairman, House Committee on Education, Honourable Abdul-wahab Alawiye King stated that the essence of the induction is to educate the inductees about the nitty-gritty of the job and to enlighten them about the rules and regulations guiding the civil service. Mr. Nurudeen Ojora-Adejiyan, the Permanent Secretary, Teachers’ Establishment & Pensions Office said that this is the first of its kind in the history of Fashola’s administration that the Education Sector would conduct a unified formal induction for newly recruited teachers and this is a demonstration of the state commitment to the training of teachers and also to improve teaching and learning outcomes in our schools. The induction course has reinforced the government’s resolve to build competent teachers who would help to move the education Sector to attain excellence. He added that TEPO in collaboration with the PSSDC has designed a well structured training that is intended to launch the teachers into the rudiments of the profession. The course content contained sessions such as effective classroom teaching and management, school improvement strategies, the public service structure, its rules and regulations, establishment matters, ethics of teaching profession and personal developmental strategies. He therefore urged the inductees to take full advantage of the great opportunity by being regular and punctual at all the sessions, to participate in all the activities, to release minds to receive knowledge and exhibit high level of self discipline. Ojora-Adejiyan also appreciated the Governor for recognising the importance of Education in nation building, and his continuous support for the education sector through the training and retraining of teachers by approving and releasing funds. The Opening Ceremony of the 5 day induction course was graced by the Education Family (Stakeholders) the PS Education, Mrs. Omolara Erogbogbo, Tutor-Generals / Permanent Secretaries, Director General, PSSDC, Magodo, Mrs. Olubunmi Fabanwo, the Chairman LASTVEB, Mrs. Adeyinka Taiwo Oyemade, The executive Secretary, LASTVEB, Mr. Olawumi Gasper, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Eko Project, Mrs. Ronke Azeez, the Chairman, NUT, Comrade Raheem Adesegun, ANCOPSS Chairman, Mr. Phillips and the retired PS, TEPO, Mrs. Eniola Yonwuren amongst others. The stakeholders expressed their gratitude to the state government for its concern about the development and growth of Education sector. It was stated that the Education in Lagos has witnessed a tremendous transformation in the areas of human capital development (Capacity Building), conducive learning environment, provision of learning facilities and upgrading of science laboratories. With the urge expenses incurred on the Education Sector, the ultimate goal is the result. They admonished the fresh education officers to remain focused, dedicated, loyal, disciplined, hard working and committed. The inductees were also advised to be ICT compliant and also be passionate on the subjects they are teaching so that they can add value to the profession. Basirat Fashola