Lagos ex-deputy gov urges UBEC to invest in literacy
Former Lagos State Deputy Governor, Mrs Sarah Sosan, has urged the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) to invest more funds in literacy skills training for both teachers and pupils.
She spoke at the opening of a five-day literacy workshop for 1,000 lower primary teachers in Maryland.
The training was facilitated by GFR, an educational consultancy firm owned by Mrs Sosan.
She appealed to Alhaji Yahaya Amuda, UBEC?s Southwest Zonal Coordinator, who was present at the event. She said the leadership of the commission should focus on literacy skills at the grassroots to boost learning outcomes in schools.
?I have a message for UBEC. Literacy skills should be given more attention. It is good to distribute books, but if the pupils lack literacy skills, they cannot read these books. UBEC should allow more counterpart funding for skills training and you will see a lot of changes.
?Some of the teachers do not have these skills. If we don?t get it right and our students and pupils don?t have these skills, then we will be wasting our time distributing books,? she said.
She also urged teachers to counsel parents to pay more attention to the education of their wards.
Yahaya promised to take Mrs Sosan?s appeal back to the UBEC leadership in Abuja.
The SUBEB Chairman, Mrs Gbolahan Daodu, urged the teachers to utilise the knowledge they gained from the workshop to improving literacy skills of their pupils. She said the government had been committed to teacher development for the five years she has been in the saddle.
?Within the last five years that I have been here, I always make bold to say that the state government has spent a lot of money when it comes to building capacity of teachers. I am always happy when the teachers respond to this gesture with interest and commitment,? she said.
After this batch of 1,000 completed their training, Mrs Daodu said 2,500 more teachers were scheduled to undergo the same training in various centres across Lagos soon.
Mrs Sosan promised cash rewards to the best three participants of the workshop. She said they would be appointed master trainers and would benefit from further training.