By Monsur Olowoopejo
THE Lagos State Education District 1 under the leadership of the Tutor General/Permanent Secretary, Dr. Olufolayimika Abiose Ayandele at the 2017 Awards and Honours ceremony for teachers in the district themed: ‘Stepping Up’ honoured 37 academic staff from the district. A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Taofeek Adaranijo, at the event, emphasised the need for quality education to increase national productivity.
The lawmaker who said that the country is currently at cross roads because people have failed to carry out their duties as expected of them, stated that developed countries achieved greatness because the potentials of their education sector was well harnessed when he claimed education was an absolutely vital sector to the growth and development of any nation.
Also speaking, Dr. Ayandele stressed that effort by the State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, and his deputy, Dr. (Mrs.) Idiat Adebule, to improve the standard of education in the state has been rewarded by the teachers and students at the 2017 WASSCE.
She noted that conducive school environment made possible by the Ambode administration has made public schools in Lagos State attractive for any child to attend. According to her, the improvement of our WASSCE result from 39 percent to 71 percent is a clear attestation that our public schools are good for our children to attend. “And under the watchful eyes of our professionally qualified and competent workforce, especially the teachers, they will excel in their studies,” Ayandele added.
She stated that the award was the districts style of appreciating the over 5000 workforce that have made the achievement possible. The permanent secretary said the eleventh edition of the awards ceremony was to honour the 5000 workforce that contributed to the massive achievement recorded by the district in the last one year.
She said: “The array of resourceful principals, dedicated teachers and support staff and over 3,000 diligent and hard-working students are here again to be rewarded and further motivated for better performance. Today’s ceremony is designed to honour those who have distinguished themselves through meticulous screening process and were adjudged to have made their marks in various cadres. Still on the remarkable event that led to Mrs. Muyibat Oluseyi Sodeke of Ijaiye Ojokoro Senior High School emerging Best Principal in the Senior School category with no less than 36 other recipients, having stepped up initiatives and programmes in schools which had improved academic performance of students significantly, and won the district various laurels and awards in Lagos State and Nigeria.
Satisfied with the positive impact of the awards initiation on educational standards in Lagos, Dr. Ayandele said, “The array of resourceful principals, dedicated teachers and support staff and over 130,000 diligent and hard-working students are here again to be rewarded and further motivated for better performance. That the day’s ceremony was designed to honour those who have distinguished themselves through a meticulous screening process and were adjudged to have made their mark in various cadres”.
Going further on the honours, she said the awards which concept is motivational, focuses on all areas of education with emphasis on cognitive, affective and psycho motor domains of education as reflected by the spread of the honours that acknowledged and commended the efforts of all deserving staff. “The significant improvement of our WASSCE result from 39 per cent to 71 per cent is a clear attestation that our public schools are good for our children to attend and perform excellently under the watch of our professionally qualified and competent workforce”, she asserted.
Those honoured included Mr. Mamora, Oluwile Babasola; best principal-junior school, Mrs. Adewale, Olamide Okunade; most valuable principal-senior school, Mrs. Akinlosotu Tolulope Mojisola; most valuable principal-senior school and Mrs. Thanni Moradeke Mary; most valuable principal-junior school.
Others are Mr. Soyebo, Lasisi Kolawole; best vice principal-senior school, Mrs. Alamu, Bolanle Olusola; best vice principal-junior school, Mrs. Familusi, Dorcas Bolaji; most valuable officer-senior school, Mrs. Damson, Feleicia Olufolake; most valuable officer-senior school, Mrs. Adebayo, Bolanle Abiodun; most valuable officer-junior school, Mrs. Edema, Titilayo Agbeke; most valuable officer-junior school, as well as 19 other officers that were given awards in various other categories. In the school category, Keke Senior High School won the overall best school and also came up as the best school senior, Fagba Junior Grammar School.