Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye has advised stakeholders in the education sector to adhere strictly to the state’s education policies for the betterment of sector in the state.
Oladunjoye gave the advice in Lagos today at a Stakeholders’ Forum with Proprietors of Private Schools in Lagos State on Education Quality Assurance organized by the Office of Education Quality Assurance held at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja.
The Commissioner noted the commitment of the state Government in ensuring the safety of the children in schools in the state adding that the template already established will be sustained by the incoming administration.
Mrs. Oladunjoye pointed out that the state government is committed towards raising the standard of education in the state as well as providing necessary infrastructure stressing that this can only be achieved with the support of the stakeholders hence she called for the support and cooperation of private schools proprietors for the incoming government in the state.
She also urged the school owners to ensure that they are duly registered with the state government for not only accurate data collection but proper planning purposes.
Earlier in her speech, the Director General, Office of Education Quality Assurance Mrs. Ronke Soyombo recalled that the Office was created in order to improve the quality and standard of education and to sanitize the guidelines guiding the operation of education below tertiary level.
She hinted that the Office which became fully operational in March 2015 has five departments: Quality Assurance, Private Education and Special Programmes, Planning and School Registration and Human Resources Departments.
Recounting the achievements of the Office within the short time it became operational, Soyombo said that it had organized a review of instruments and held sensitization and training programmes adding that the Office also enjoys a cordial relationship with education providers in the private sector in order to enthrone a formidable educational structure that will be the envy of other states.
“The aim of this forum is to have a robust interactive session in which all issues will be discussed to move education forward and to intimate you all about the new trend in the discharge of our responsibilities as education quality providers. I urge the already standardized schools to mentor and assist those who are still below the expected level because you are not just helping them but you are helping yourselves,” Mrs. Soyombo averred.