Education Board boss advocates for attitudinal change

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

The Executive Chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr Ganiyu Sopeyin has called for attitudinal change among public school librarians.

Dr Sopeyin made the call while declaring open a three-Day Capacity Building Workshop for Librarians on Effective Utilisation of Libraries in Public Primary Schools.

He decried the careless attitude of some librarians in public schools as he noted that professional ethics must be held in high esteem.

He, however, commended officials who had been giving their best in ensuring proper archiving and seamless information and knowledge acquisition.

The Executive Chairman warned that the present administration would not tolerate any action geared towards lowering the standard of public education.

“One of the ways to effect positive change in the library system in the public primary schools is to retrain the State public school librarians and we are already doing this, it is important for you to follow the ethics of the profession and encourage our children to cultivate reading habits by showing good example and be good ambassadors of the profession,”
Dr Sopeyin stressed.

In his own contribution the Lagos State Director and Chief Executive Officer of Lagos State Library Board, Mr Tajudeen Lawal stated that for effective utilisation of library materials in the State public primary school libraries, the school itself must impart library study skills in the pupils.

He canvassed that stakeholders in the education sector must see it as a clarion call to include library use in the school time table adding that this would effectively see to the usage of school libraries by the pupils.

The Capacity Building Workshop is part of government’s efforts in the training and retraining of its workforce in the education sector to engender quality service delivery.