The Kogi State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology,Mrs. Rosemary Osikoya, has urged school principals and head teachers to ensure quality and effective learning in their various schools.
Osikoya gave the advice at the closing ceremony of the 2nd batch of a three-day workshops for school managers in Lokoja.
”The training has been an intensive practical training and it is the kind of thing that we want to see happening.
”We expect all principals, head teachers as the chief trainer in schools who supervise, direct and manage school, to go back and train their teachers and educate them on how things should be properly done.
”I am happy that they had opportunity to share their view on what is wrong with the sector, and to acquire knowledge on how things should be done better.
”It has been very engaging, government has created the opportunity for school administrators to be trained; they should use it as a seed to improve themselves,” she said.
The commissioner, who was represented by Mr Moses Abara, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Science and Technology, said that the participants had been equipped with practical skills.
She restated that the training would continue for the rest of the year, saying the state government has done its part.
”We have trained and build their capacity and we would like to see that skills in the field; there would be a whole lot more of intensive supportive supervision.
”We will like to see things changed in the field in terms of how the welfare of students are managed, and how learning is conducted in schools,” Osikoya said.
One of the Facilitators, Dr Shehu Zubair, Deputy Director, Academic Services, NTI, urged the teachers to see themselves as serving humanity and not the government.
”You have the obvious task to lead the children to become better society members; you have gotten the knowledge do not let them die before they are implemented,” he said
Zubair assured the Kogi Government of their continuous support, saying, ”we are always open to consultations”.
Mr Salifu Damisa, Govt Girls Model Secondary School, appreciated the state government for the training, saying it was the first in his past 20 years in service thay such training was happening.
A private school principal, Joy International School, Adavi, Mrs Joy Aminu, said she had learnt many things in the course of the training.
She commended the commissioner for including the private schools in the workshop.