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Lagos Public Primary School Teachers Train On Phonics

Posted: Oct 12, 2016 at 4:16 pm   /   by   /   comments (1)

Seyi Taiwo-Oguntuase

Lagos – Dr. Ganiyu Sopeyin, Executive Chairman of the Lagos State Universal Basic Education, has affirmed that  no fewer than 1,110 public primary schools teachers spread across the 20 Local Government Education Authorities in the state would be trained in the Jolly Phonics, a method of teaching.

Speaking during the flag-off of the training exercise at the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board Maryland Multipurpose Hall, Dr. Sopeyin said that the training which was in collaboration with the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) was designed primarily to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of public primary schools teachers in the state.

He said the state government believed so much in capacity building of public schools teachers to make them more competitive among their peers in the private sector, adding that public primary schools 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 and Head teachers would remain shallow in knowledge, hollow in their subjects’ area, faulty in school management, and communication skills,” he said.

Dr. Sopeyin also described the 19 days training programme as another testimony of the present gvernment’s interest in the wellbeing of the public schools teachers, stressing that the state government was doing a lot to provide qualitative and quantitative education for the children.

He, however, 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 concerted effort to rehabilitate more public schools in the state.

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

Dr. Olusola Eshiet, Chief Responsibility Officer of the Institute of Learning and Skill Development, while addressing the gathering described the training method which public schools teachers are being exposed to, as a well researched method adjudged by scholars all over to be the best method to improve the reading skills of pupils.

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