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Ambode Urges Principals to Maintain Standard in Secondary Education

By Ayo Balogun

IKEJA, LAGOS, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has urged members of the State’s All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), not to compromise standard in secondary education despite the prevailing economic downturn in the country.

The Governor, who gave the task at the 30th Annual State’s ANCOPSS said the present economic challenge facing the country was not enough reason for the principals to compromise quality service delivery in the education sector.
Instead, he tasked them to redouble their efforts and continue to complement government endeavor at achieving higher educational standards and outcomes in all secondary schools across the country.

Ambode who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule, stated that the annual conference provides a ‘’consistent opportunity for experienced educators and schools managers to come together and exchange ideas in order to proffer necessary recommendations to government on the way and means to continually improve the educational sector’’.

“As a demonstration of our genuine commitment to effective teaching/learning in schools, the State Government had released substantial amount of money for the rehabilitation and construction of old and new school buildings respectively as well as provision of infrastructure to ensure quality education delivery in all schools across the State”, Ambode noted.

The Governor maintained that the present administration has succeeded in tackling furniture and other related problems in public schools, promising that by the First quarter of next year, all State’s public schools would have enough furniture and other learning materials that would enhance quality teaching.

While describing the theme of the Conference, “The Management of Schools in a Dwindling Economy: Strategies for Maintaining Standard”, as apt and relevant to the present situation, Ambode called on principals and schools administrators in the State not to allow the present state of the nations’ economy affect their productivity in delivering quality services that would impact positively on the lives of the younger generation.

In her welcome address, the Lagos ANCOPSS President, Mrs. Omotunde Lawson stated that the organization, among other things, aims at providing opportunity for principals of post primary schools in Nigeria to exchange views and make recommendations on matter affecting education in the country.

While noting that there was the need for members to meet from time to time so as to review various deployments in the secondary education and fashion out ways of contributing to its growth in the country, Omotunde urged members not to betray the confidence reposed in them by the public by remaining focused, honest, disciplined and committed to the objective of achieving quality standard in education in the country.

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