Lagos to produce new education policy


Dr Idiat Adebule, Deputy Governor, Lagos State

Dr Idiat Adebule, Deputy Governor, Lagos State

The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Idiat Adebule, on Thursday said there was the need for education policy that would propel the younger generation toward the current global reality.

Adebule made the assertion at a three-day retreat on the Review of the State’s Education Policy with the theme: “Expanding Access to Quality Education in Lagos’’.

The Lagos State Education Policy was last reviewed in 1988.

Adebule said that the review would help the state to operate an education policy that has all the ingredients capable of propelling the younger generation toward the current global reality.

“The time has come for us to examine the policy again in order to holistically address all issues of concern relating to the contemporary requirements.

“It is imperative that our education policy must be constantly reviewed in order to make it compliant with global education practices and integrate contemporary and emerging trends and issues.

“Our task retreat is to proceed from the existing education policy which is manual-driven to evolve a more modern education policy that is technology-driven with the concepts of e-education, e-classrooms and e-library,’’ she said.

In his lecture, Prof. Peter Okebukola, a former Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), said that science education was the bedrock for development.

The lecture is entitled: “The Future of Science Education’’.

Okebukola said that science education should be at the front burner of any policy.

“Science and technology is the ingredient for propelling nations to development in all the sectors.

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“Food security, education security and human security issues are hinged on development of science.

“Lagos State will, in a little while, be one of the most populous cities in the world. We need science and technology to prepare for such future and foster its development.

“The state government and its people will have to turn to science education to be able to tackle the challenges of housing, food, transportation, health and others that come with such status,’’ Okebukola said.

Also, Prof. Adewale Noah, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU), called for greater funding, supervision and quality teachers to improve the standard and competitiveness of the education sector.

Noah, speaking on the topic: “Planning for Tomorrow’’, said that there was need for a shift from the old digital age to the ICT age to equip the nation’s manpower.

“It is only children of the future, trained in the weapon of the future that can actually make us to sustain or survive in the future.

“So, education has a lot to do for the society, and we need to review its policies for a better future,’’ he said.

Earlier, Mrs Adebunmi Adekanye, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, said that review of education policy was to reflect on the current development in the sector to meet the state government’s vision.

Adekanye said that the state government’s vision was to make the education sector a model of excellence in the provision of quality education accessible to all for the attainment of self-reliance and socio-economic development.

“We need to evaluate what we have today in relation to the population of school age children and project for the future so that we can get it right,” she said.