The Lagos State Government on Wednesday expressed its readiness to support teachers in achieving better learning outcomes in classrooms with the introduction of EkoEXCEL, an initiative to advance the education sector in the state.
EkoEXCEL is an education reform initiative aimed at developing highly skilled teachers through training, support and motivation.
The Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, Wahab Alawiye-King, said the model would impact positively on education in the state.
He said, “Teachers are at the heart of successful learning. If we want improved outcomes for pupils, the starting point must be the continuous improvement of teaching practices, leadership practices and organisational practice.
“In other words, our literacy rate will not grow without having teachers who are equipped to teach pupils born in the 21st century. Through the EkoEXCEL model, teachers will be able to deliver standardised learning to pupils in public primary schools in line with global standards.”
He underscored the need for education stakeholders to key into the initiative, adding that the initiative would promote modern techniques and new technologies to boost learning outcomes.
Alawiye-King solicited the support of teachers and parents for the effective realisation of the objectives of the initiative.
“As we speak, the current situation in our schools is the area of numbers of teachers which is one teacher to 75 pupils.
“In addressing this, we are recruiting more teachers with the hope of having a teacher to 50 children. This, I believe, will yield positive outcomes in the education of our primary school pupils,” he added.