By Enitan Adewunmi
 
The Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, LASUBEB, on Wednesday said that it has started the process of reviewing some of its policies in the basic education sector with the aim of bringing its policies in tandem with present realities and in conformity with international best practices in primary education. 
 
LASUBEB Chairman, Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King, stated this at a capacity development workshop organised by the Board for the management staff and stakeholders in the basic education sector.
The workshop, which held at the Whitehouse, Ikeja GRA, is aimed at analysing new trends in the educational sector and proffering solutions to them.
 
Addressing participants at the retreat, Alawiye-King noted that the workshop became essential so as to keep abreast with latest development and new trends in the basic education sector and also exchange ideas and rub minds on issues of common interest. 
 
Stating that the retreat provided avenue to proffer solutions to some challenges encountered in the sector since the assumption of office of the present administration, especially in the areas of the Ekoexcel inititiative and the activities of the quality assurance officers, Alawiye-King said, “This workshop is designed to address some of the challenges and  issues raised by our basic education quality assurance officers. It’s a practical and technical approach, as well as a response to some of the challenges raised during inspections.”
 
On the Ekoexcel programme, Alawiye-King stated that the programme, which had been widely commended, should be re-examined to identify some grey areas in a more critical and holistic manner, such that areas that need amendment and review would be given due attention promptly. 
 
On the Home Grown Feeding Programme, he noted that the Education Quality Assurance officers of the Board, during their tour of schools, have made some recommendation to the concerned authorities, adding that the workshop will further avail the stakeholders an opportunity to rub minds collectively and tinker a way forward. 
 
The Board Chairman also disclosed that some of the other issues to be addressed at the retreat include: ways in which sensitisation and precautionary measures will be taken in public primary school against the Coronavirus. 
 
He also stated that provisions had already been made across government-owned primary schools for personal hygiene and other necessary measures that will help prevent the disease from getting to schools and the pupils. 
 
Alawiye-King reiterated that continuous workshops is the best way to grow as issues will be easily identified and addressed immediately, so that the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda of the present administration, wherein Education is one of the focal points, can be achieved.
 
Stakeholders at the workshop include, permanent board members of LASUBEB, the Board Secretary, Education Secretaries, representatives of the Lagos State chapter of the National Union of Teachers, NUT, Lagos State branch of the Association of Primary School Head Teachers of Nigeria, APSHON,  amongst others.
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