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‘Only Eight Private Schools Are Outstanding In Lagos’

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Mathew Oluwaseun
University of Ilorin (Unilorin)
Mechanical Engineering
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Only eight private schools among over 6,069 public and private schools that the Office of Quality Education Assurance (OEQA), Lagos State Ministry of Education assessed in the past year were found to be outstanding, the Director-General, OQEA, Mrs Ronke Soyombo, has said.

Speaking at the OEQA 2018 annual conference held at the 3Bees Event Eentre, Ketu, Mrs Soyombo, said the schools included Green Springs School, Chrisland School, Oxbridge Tutorial College, Meadows Hall School, Vivian Fowler Memorial College for Girls, and Oaksbridge School.

Mrs Soyombo said the schools came up tops in a whole school evaluation exercise that lasted three days in each school. She also praised private schools for complying with the unified academic calendar of the Lagos State government.

“A total of 6,069 government and privae schools have been visited for whole school evaluation and teaching and learning monioring. It is heartwarming to note that more than 44 percent of government schools were graded good. Also eight private schools have been graded outstanding in the Whole School evalution. Performance of public secondary schools in public examinations has improved tremendously from 38 per cent in 2016 to 50.6 per cent in 2017. Compliance of schools regarding the Unified calendar has improved tremendously,” she said.

Mrs Soyombo said the office assessed the schools using seven parameters including leadership and management, achievement and standard, teaching and learning among others

During the event, the OEQA presented awards to outstanding members of staff who had distinguished themselves as Quality Assurance officers and in other areas. They included a security man, Julius Adugbe, who caught an impostor who had duped people in the past posing as a Quality Assurance officer; and Mr Anthony Ojeme, a Deputy Director who detected drug use in young children in public primary school while doing his Quality Assurance work.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs Adebunmi Adekanye praised the OEQA for working hard to quality-assure schools – rising to the occasion even at odd hours when the demand was pressing.

“In our world today everybody is a journalist. The DG takes the brunt most of the time because I send her pictures from the social media and they have to work weekends. I commend you for this. I also know evaluators are sent to ascertain if students in the boarding house really have beds and do not have to share. To know this, they have to go late at night. I say thank you,” she said.

Mrs Adekanye read the speech of the Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, who praised the conference for providing a platform for evaluators to discuss issues in the education sector.

“As professionals, we must constantly come up with strategies and sustainable ways to mitigate challenges that may not help us deliver the desired results in the sector,” she said.

Speaking on the theme: “The role of evaluator in the transformation of education in the 21st century”, guest lecturer, Dr Femi Ogunsanya, said Lagos State was running Quality Assurance properly. She underscored the importance of evaluation to maintain quality in a system.

“Evaluation is used to increase transparency, strengthen accountability, and used to increase competition. It is used to ensure children we are preparing are well prepared,” she said.

She said evaluators should ensure schools are teaching children skills like critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication, compassion, character, citizenship and computational skills needed to function in the jobs of the future.


Source: http://thenationonlineng.net/eight-private-schools-outstanding-lagos/

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