From ‘Yanju Uwala
In its bid towards achieving a strong educational system, the Ogun State Government has said it will continue to build on a strong system that is in operation both at public and private schools to further achieve excellence.
The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu, made this known at Abeokuta, during a day capacity training workshop for private school owners with the theme; ‘Current Trends and the Future Direction of Functional Education in Ogun State”.
According to him in a statement signed by the Ministry Spokesperson, Ms. Damilola Jacob, noted that the training and retraining of teaching and non-teaching staffs in schools would build human capital resources for sustainable development in the education sector.
Arigbabu, further pointed out that the approval for schools would no longer be automatic, as the operation ‘praise and shame’ would be a continuous process.
He said, “We cannot but appreciate the contributions of the private school associations in Ogun State, as they consolidate on the principles, heritage, values and ideas which we are known for as a State and to put in force more synergy in moving the sector forward.”
Arigbabu stated that the training would enable private school owners to be abreast of latest development which would equip participants with the knowledge, skills and right values, commending the efforts of the organisers for the laudable programme.
In his own speech, the Ogun President, National Private Schools Association, Dr. Lawrence Holumidey, said the training was to develop and receive inspiration to recast and reflect a better vision for schools, as well as get deeper understanding on government direction on education.
Also, in their separate remarks, the Director, Quality Assurance and Evaluation, in the Ministry, Mr. Martins Akinsolu and the Director, Information Communication Technology, Tai Solarin University of Education, Mr. Ademola Adenubi, place more importance on the significance of effective teaching and learning activities, among which are; school development plan, employment of experienced teachers, technology-driven teaching, parental and community involvement and others.