Amazing, Lagos State Just Rewarded "Their Best Teachers" With Cars!
THE Lagos State government on Tuesday last week presented news car to two teachers for excellent performances.Funmilayo Akinlade of African Church Primary School, Mosan, Alimoso emerged the best teacher in the Primary School Category while Bose Deji-Oderinde of Wesley Girls’ Junior Secondary School, Yaba, emerged with the highest rating in the Secondary School Category.
The two teachers were among 57 awardees that were honoured by the state government at this year’s Education Merit Award ceremony held in Lagos.
Presenting the cars, Commissioner for Education, Olayinka Oladunjoye, said the initiative was part of ongoing activities of the state government to promote excellence in schools.
Oladunjoye reiterated that education remains a critical sector of any society because it ensures the transmission of positive core values from one generation to another. And this explains why teachers remain the strongest tool in the delivery of qualitative and standard education in the world.
The commissioner, therefore, assured the academic community that the State government would continue to embark on programmes and activities that would enhance teaching and learning in the schools.
She also appealed to stakeholders to continue to support the government in pursuit of a brighter and rewarding future for the children, in the hope of a greater and prosperous nation for us all.
The objective of the yearly award is to recognize and reward deserving public schools, teachers, principals, students/pupils and personnel in the education sector for their hard-work, high performance, high productivity and achievement in their fields of endeavours.
Oladunjoye noted that nine of the awardees had been shortlisted to compete with their counterparts from other States for the President’s Teachers and Schools’ national awards later in the year. Two of the state’s principals – Ayodele Abiodun Ayerin of Vetland Senior Secondary School, Agege, and Emmanuel Olu Adebiyi of Iju Junior Grammar School, Iju – have won national awards in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
Chairman of the occasion, a former Head of Service in the state, Adesegun Ogunlewe, earlier commended the State government for keeping faith with the state’s workforce and enjoined teachers to take advantage of ongoing reforms to enhance productivity.
Ogunlewe noted that the award ceremony is good evidence that the government is blazing the trail in human resource management. He urged the awardees to continue to put in their best, citing that the underlining reward for good work is more work.
Fifty-five other awardees ranging from students, teachers, principals, schools and staff were also honoured with different gift items such as freezer, refrigerators, and television set among others.