Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has stressed that the challenges of the educational sector must be tackled head on if the nation desires to be active participants in the present knowledge-based global system.
Ambode disclosed that plans where underway by his administration to review public schools’ curriculum in order to align the content with the immediate and future needs of the state.
He made this remark yesterday, at the opening of the Lagos International Education Conference.
The governor, who was ably represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Olabisi Ariyo, noted that the review was crucial as the content of education curricula actually determines the quality of the manpower that will eventually be produced.
Ambode also advocated the need for the integration of academic, technical and vocational education in the nation with the aim of empowering the citizens and youths to be self-sufficient.
He stressed that a paradigm shift in the education sector was necessary in order for the state economy to achieve a quantum leap from the current $131billion Gross Domestic Product, GDP, as well as remain very competitive.
Meantime, state government yesterday warned teachers in public schools to desist from leaving the school premises before the closing hour daily, saying “It will not be business as usual.”
This was disclosed by the Director-General of the Office of Education Quality Assurance, OEQA, Mrs. Ronke Soyombo while addressing Principals and Head-teachers in Education District VI, Oshodi.
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