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Lagos Seeks More Partnerships in Education

The Lagos State Government has called on the corporate private sector, groups and individuals to join the Government in providing more quality and functional education at all levels to the people of the state.

The state commissioner for education, Folasade Adefisayo, made the call at the 2023 State Education Conference organized in conjunction with Casio and SKLD Integrated Services Limited.

Speaking on the theme of the conference, Exploring the opportunities In Public-Private Partnership For Educational Development In Nigeria, the commissioner said there is no government either at federal or state level that can all alone provide quality and functional education at both formal and informal settings for its citizenry and meet up with global standards, reason private sector involvement is greatly required.

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She said Lagos State is peculiar among other states of the federation not only because of its huge population but also because of the high rate of people migrating into the state on a daily basis.

She said that 26 persons migrate permanently into Lagos State every hour and majority of them are youths and children and that means increasing responsibility in education and other sectors for the government also on daily basis

While acknowledging the huge role played by private schools in providing quality education for large numbers of children in the state, especially at primary and secondary school levels, the commissioner urged corporate organizations, groups and individuals to equally lend their support to jointly move the education sector to higher pedestal.

She said Lagos State is not concerned only about students attaining academic excellence in classrooms, but also about their vocational skills, competencies, emotions, morals, culture and values system that would prepare them well for leadership roles in future.

She commended Casio and SKLD Integrated Services Limited and several other corporate bodies that are in partnership with the state government on the study of Mathematics and the training of teachers as part of their contributions to the development of education in the state, saying such partnerships are yielding tremendous results.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Andrew Adejo, one of the panelists at the forum, commended Lagos State for always being at the forefront of innovation in the education sector and urged it not to relent.

He said that the Federal Government had been carrying out similar projects in the sector by interfacing with the private sector in several areas of needs for its unity colleges spread across the country.

The Senior Deputy Registrar, Test Development, West African Examinations Council (WAEC) Nigeria, Fransces Iweha-Onukwu also harped on importance of private engagement in education, saying contribution of every stakeholder in education would bring great results not only in learning outcomes and teaching but also in economic prosperity.

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