Commissioner: regard teaching as craft

The Lagos State Education Commissioner, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo has called on teachers to embrace their profession and regard it as a craft as it was the only way for them to improve and produce outstanding students.

Speaking at the 15th Annual Merit Award of the Lagos State Education District II on Thursday last week, the Commissioner said it was imperative for teachers to continue learning themselves.

“They say learning from a teacher who has stopped learning is like drinking from a stale river so you too must continue to study; you must continue to research; you must continue to improve on your craft because that is the only way you can get better. Things are changing every day and there are so many ways you can teach children now and they will enjoy your teaching, they will learn a lot. Whatever you do as a teacher, part of it shows in the students that you are teaching. What I will encourage all of you to do is regard this teaching as a craft and when it is your craft, you want to be the Mastercraft you want to be the best,” she said.

Adefisayo said organising the merit award was of great significance as it is important to celebrate teachers because their work is not an easy one.

Highlights of the event held at the school hall of the Immaculate Heart Comprehensive Senior High School, Maryland included a raffle draw and presentation of plaques and gifts to outstanding teaching and non-teaching members of staff, students and schools in the district.

Winner of the raffle draw, Mr. Fola Amore, went home with a brand new Lexus ES300 model car.

Amore, of Community Senior Secondary School, Bayeku, thanked the Tutor General/Permanent Secretary of the district, Mrs. Anike Adekanye for the initiative.

“When I got to know I was actually shocked that how could it be me? I want to appreciate the TG/PS for the initiative.  Initially people were saying it iwas not real but now everyone can see it that it is real; that you can actually win,” he said.

In her speech, the TG/PS, Mrs. Adekanye, said that the event was organised to appreciate the excellent efforts of students, staff and schools in the district.

“This year’s edition of our Annual Merit Award is aimed at recognising and rewarding in a very special way, the most distinguished efforts of our members of staff, students and schools who consistently exhibit excellent values in the discharge of their duties and to acknowledge outstanding achievements in our schools and officers.

“This year’s award tagged: Enhancing Excellence in the New Normal, is to ensure that the high flying spirits of our teachers and students are encouraged to keep on soaring like the eagles because the result and expectation of hard work is more work,” she said.


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