The Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, LASUBEB, has advocated for a new approach to monitoring of activities of teachers in Lagos Schools by education Quality Assurance Officers.
The Chairman, LASUBEB, Mr. Wahab Alawiye-King solicited that Quality Assurance Officers should be more diligent in their duties, urging them to adopt corrective measures for erring officers than punishments that may not always bring about the expected changes in the education sector.
Alawiye-King, who made the appeal recently when he hosted Basic Education Quality Assurance, BEQA, officers in his Maryland office, stated that empathy and concern about the plight of teachers could turn out a better measure in correcting the lapses observed while carrying out their official duties.
He also underscored the need for the BEQA officers to be proactive in work delivery while keying into the progress of the digital world for effective work delivery.
On his part, the LASUBEB Permanent Board member in charge of BEQA, Mr. Temidayo Israel, stated that a lot is being done by the present administration, as dictated by the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda, to ensure that Lagos maintains its leadership position in the education sector, especially in respect of quality assurance and teachers’ development.
Israel maintained that tremendous transformation has been witnessed in the education sector, noting that the EkoExcel Initiative is achieving set objectives of training, equipping and supporting teachers with content knowledge, practice in modern teaching methods and use of technology.
While stating the importance of reports from BEQA officers to serve as feedback, Israel emphasised the need for exploring more effective ways to gather information that will facilitate appropriate interventions by the government in the education sector.
He averred that monitoring of the Home-Grown feeding program and other laudable initiatives of government also fall within the purview of BEQA officers in order to provide useful pieces of advice to the appropriate authorities.
Providing further insight into the Eko Excel Initiative, a representative of Bridge International, Mr. Ayo Okewumi noted that the initiative has helped teachers deliver quality sessions in the classrooms, adding that school children in Lagos State are now being prepared to compete globally with their contemporaries across the world.
In his words, “teachers now have the ability to teach effectively in the classrooms because they are equipped with technology that helps them, not only with their lesson plans but also guides the teachers in pupils’ behaviour management, ensuring an interactive class and making sure that every child is engaged.