…says govt will reintroduce computer based test in secondary schools
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Saturday stressed the need for constant review of the educational curriculum in schools to reflect current challenges in the nation.
The Governor who spoke at the official commissioning of Brownsville College in Parkview Estate, Ikoyi, said while the State continues to encourage private sector participation in education, quality and standard will not be compromised.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna, Governor Ambode said that while knowledge acquired through education should prepare young people to face with confidence, both present and future challenges, it must be structured in a way that is effective and align with changing times in the 21st century.
“Let me however reiterate that for us to achieve our goal of raising a new generation of responsible leaders, with a broad knowledge base, the educational system needs to undergo a wide range of reforms with a curriculum that is constantly reviewed and updated to reflect current challenges”.
“While we continue to encourage private sector participation in education, quality and standard will not be compromised. The Quality Assurance Department of the Ministry of Education will be strengthened and empowered to ensure that basic minimum standards are maintained”.
The Governor charged the proprietors to ensure that as they pursue the curriculum, they must remember to imbibe in the children the values of patriotism and national consciousness while teaching them about national history and heritage.
“Our students need to know where we are coming from to take us to where we are going”, the Governor said.
He said his administration is considering the reintroduction of computer based test in all its public secondary schools, expressing optimism that it will aid students prepare adequately for future post secondary school examinations particularly the University Matriculation Examination which is now computer based.
In his welcome address, the Chairperson, Board of Trustees of the School, Mr. Hameed Kasumu, said the drive to establish the school was not to make profit but about contributing to the shaping and development of the future generation.
He added that he has resolved along with directors of the school that some of the profit would be channeled towards cancer research to enhance detection and ultimate cure.
The Governor was accompanied by his wife, Bolanle and other dignitaries to the event.
CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY
JULY 4, 2015