Lagos to train over 1,000 teachers

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

A cross section of teachers at the training exercise.

A total of 1,110 public primary school teachers in Lagos State will be trained in the Jolly Phonics method of teaching.

The Executive Chairman of the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr Ganiyu Sopeyin made this known at the flag-off of the training exercise which is in collaboration with the Universal Basic Education Commission.

Dr Sopeyin affirmed that the training was designed primarily to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of public primary school teachers.

He said the participants cut across the 20 Local Government Education Authorities in the State.

According to him, the State Government believes in capacity building of public schools teachers so as to make them more competitive among their peers in the private sector as noted that the teachers would be exposed to novel techniques and synthetic phonics.

“The training would also update teachers’ knowledge and skills with a view to give the teachers a new outlook. We do not want our teachers to remain stagnant and unproductive in their operations, untrained teachers or Head teachers will remain shallow in knowledge, hollow in their subject areas, faulty in school management and communication skills,” he explained.

Good education for children
He described the 19-day training programme as another testimony of the Lagos State government’s interest in the well-being of the public schools teachers, saying that they were doing a lot to provide qualitative and quantitative education for the children.

Dr Sopeyin reaffirmed that the State would continue to invest in the capacity building of both the teaching and the non-teaching members of staff in addition to intensive efforts in rehabilitating more public schools in the State.

He urged public schools teachers to keep to the tenets of the teaching profession, warning that government would not hesitate to punish any erring teacher who tried to undermine the free education policy of the State.

Unique technique
The Chief Responsibility Officer of the Institute of Learning and Skill Development, Dr Olusola Eshiet described the training method as a well researched technique adjudged by scholars, to be the best method to improve the reading skills of pupils.