The Commissioner for Education, Lagos State, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo, has said that the state government had partnered Microsoft to train 18, 000 teachers to enhance computer literacy as part of efforts towards achieving standard teaching and learning practices.
Adefisayo said this that the event to keep the public abreast of the activities of administration in the last one year.
While discussing the plans of the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration for education, the commissioner stated:
This COVID-19 lockdown period avails us the opportunity to improve our teachers. For instance, we partnered with Microsoft and they are teaching 18,000 of our teachers on digital literacy.
So, they are going to come out of this training, being able to work comfortably with Word and Excel which is going to be done through the Zoom App because of the social distancing order.
So, first of all, they are learning to be computer literate straightaway.
Computer literacy, according to her, is of importance at this point when technology is evolving for the advancement of teaching and learning processes.
The commissioner added that the government and private sectors were investing in online teaching and learning at this trying times, saying devices were being given to students for online learning.
We have continued to call for devices and people have continued to give us, we are going to start giving them out within a week. Parents will be excited.
Adefisayo also said that the online digital class would not be stopped after the pandemic, saying it would be used to reinforce teaching and learning.
According to her, the ministry is at the final stage of recruitment processes for 2,000 teachers in order to boost the standard of public primary school education in the state.
She stated further that the government, through the ministry, was looking at employing teachers every quarter, saying the rate of retirement of teachers was very high in Lagos.
She said the Sanwo-Olu’s administration had granted the ministry permission to replace retired teachers.
On school resumption, the commissioner, who noted that the ministry could not give the exact resumption date, said the government was watching the trend of the pandemic.