No History Teacher in Lagos, says Commissioner; Invites Experts to Education Summit

By Barnabas Hunjo

The Lagos State Government has invited education experts to discuss the worrying trend of poor quality of students graduating from its educational institutions.

At a news briefing in Alausa, Ikeja, The Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Fọláṣadé Adefisayo said this year’s Education Summit would comprise participants from local and international educational and examination bodies.

Mrs Adefisayo said three hundred participants were expected in-person while five thousand more would join online to brainstorm on the 30th and 31st of August 2022 on the way forward for education in the state.

On the recent directive on the teaching of history in primary and junior secondary schools, the Commissioner said the subject had been taught in the state and that the directive was a reminder from the Quality Assurance Department of the Ministry.

However,  Mrs. Adefisayo said the state had a shortage of history teachers and that schools still had to improvise.

She explained that universities were no longer producing History graduates and that had affected the schools in getting teachers for the subject.

Explaining the rationale for the Summit, the Chairman of the State Teaching Service Commission, Mrs Elizabeth Ariyo, who doubles as the Chairman of the Planning Committee, said the state wanted a new thinking about teaching and learning.

She said state was worried that many students were unfit for the labour market and could not contribute to the development of the society.

Correspondent Barnabas Hunjo reports that this year’s Lagos State Education Summit has as its theme: “Creating a Sustainable Fit-for-Purpose Education Model.

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