Lagos Education District Canvasses Support For Technical Education

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… Holds First Technical Quiz Competition For Students

The Tutor-General/Permanent Secretary, Education District 1, Barrister Margaret Titilayo Solarin has called for increased attention to technical education in Lagos Schools, saying that conscious efforts must be made, henceforth, to give technology a prime place in the education curriculum.

The TG/PS made the call recently during a quiz competition organised by Teachers of Basic Technology and Allied Subjects for students of government and private secondary schools.

Mrs. Solarin, who spoke through the District Director, Schools Administration, Mr. Oluyemi Adeshina, said that the competition was aimed towards instilling the love for technology in the minds of the students.

According to her, “In today’s society, there is nothing that we can do without technology. As a matter of fact, all sectors in the society rely heavily on technology for their effectiveness, hence the need to allow these students know the importance of technology in their academic career”.

She added that it was important to let students realise early enough the roles which technology plays in the society as a whole so that they can be better guided in choosing their life career.

The quiz competition, according to her, does not only provide a platform for the students to exhibit their technical knowledge but will also expose them to the viability of technology and its ability to make the world a better place.

The TG/PS specifically appreciated the State government for the concentration being paid to education and technology under its T.H.E.M.E.S agenda, noting that Lagos is on the right trajectory by allowing practical subjects in schools and also making available needed technology to support learning.

Also speaking at the event, the Chairman of Basic Technology and Technical Teachers’ Association of Nigeria (BATTTAN), Education District 1, Mr. Oludare Ayinde Akinyode observed that there has been so much focus on quiz competitions relating to the English Language, Mathematics and Sciences over the years.

He explained that the need to change the narrative and advocate for quiz competitions for technical subjects formed the bedrock for the competition, stressing that “We kept thinking about Mathematics, English Language, Sciences while we were neglecting the technological aspect of learning which is very important to education generally because no nation develops without technology”.

He urged the students to develop an interest in engineering, architecture and other careers that can develop the nation and bring the students at par with other professionals globally.

At the end of the competition, the 1st Position, Public School Senior Category was Ijaiye-Ojokoro Senior High School and 1st Position Public School Junior Category went to Alaso Community Junior College.

For the private schools, the 1st Position, Private School Junior Category went to Honeyland School, Ipaja while the 1st Position Private School Senior Category was won by GRIMES International College.

 

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