Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, LASUBEB, has said that it will pursue the implementation of a policy framework for the new innovations being introduced to primary school education in the State.
The implementation of the policy framework, according to the Chairman of LASUBEB, Mr. Wahab Alawiye-King, would guarantee sustainability of the huge investment and high concentration being paid to the education sector by the present administration in the State, especially in respect of the EkoExcel initiative.
Alawiye-King spoke at the opening session of a three-day Strategic Planning and Professional Learning Retreat with the theme: “Towards A Legacy of Educational Quality and Effectiveness” on Tuesday at The Rembrandt Hotel, Alausa, Ikeja.
He expressed the view that the best way the new innovations injected to the education sector under Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu can produce the expected results is to ensure that the initiatives are sustained beyond the present administration’s tenure in office.
“At Lagos SUBEB, we’re doing a lot about policies, ideas and innovations and one of the ways we can get the best of these policies are to create an enabling legal framework for these new ideas such that those that come after us will follow the framework and this will engender effective service delivery at a minimal cost to the government”, the Chairman stated.
He promised to use his experience and influence as a former member of the State House of Assembly to get the attention of the legislators to legalise the new education policies introduced by LASUBEB, averring that this will guide against policy somersault and promote a sustainable developmental strategy that can stand the test of time.
The Chairman explained that the retreat was meant to create synergy between the Permanent Board members of SUBEB, other staff members including Directors, Head of Units, Education Secretaries, leaders of NUT and the newly trained teachers who are beneficiaries of the EkoExcel training programme held recently for primary teachers across the State as well as other stakeholders.
He revealed that the State government is presently expanding the capacity of its office workforce to bequeath a legacy of standard primary education to residents of the State for healthy competition with their contemporaries in other developed climes.
The Convener of the Retreat and a Permanent Board member of LASUBEB, Dr. Saheed Ibikunle said that the retreat was aimed towards achieving the vision and goals of universal basic education and the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda of the State Government on improving education and making pupils compete globally.
“We believe that if we want to achieve our vision, we must carry those that would be responsible for driving these policies along. They need professional learning retreat and capacity building to optimally perform their roles and functions of jointly ensuring that education in Lagos is national and global”, he asserted.