As part of efforts to ensure that re-opening of schools across Ogun State achieve the desired results for efficient academic performance at improving the standard of education, the State Government has trained Public Secondary School Principals, Vice-Principals and other school managers on good leadership trait as well as orientate them on ‘new normal’.
Speaking during the official opening of a three-day Pre-Resumption Education Summit, tagged; “Goodbye Yesterday” organised by the State Teaching Service Commission through MicrosoftTeams, the Deputy Governor, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, described the training as a remarkable and wonderful initiative that boarders on human capacity development.
“Now in this new phase of school re-opening, we have to look at what we have on ground, how we can adapt to it and also to see how to ensure that teaching and learning of our children continues, while keeping them safe. In order to meet the social distancing requirements in schools, we have been compelled to stagger learning, especially in our public primary and secondary schools, so that we can have more space for the children”, she said.
The Special Adviser to the State Governor on Primary and Secondary Education, Mrs. Ronke Soyombo, underscoring the importance of the programme, submitted that the training would go a long way at improving the skills of the principals and other school managers.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary designate, Ogun State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), Mr. Johnson Odeyemi who appreciated the Dapo Abiodun led-administration for creating enabling environment for effective teaching and learning, said secondary school leadership needed to be acquainted with new ways of doing things, including methods of managing both human and material resources in schools, as well as methods of impacting on learners, hence the need for the training.
Odeyemi enjoined participants to be actively engaged in the various sessions and discussions of the programme, in order to acquire more knowledge and update their administrative and managerial skills needed for school administration.
While delivering his lecture titled, “Leadership: Changing the Mindset and Values”, the resource person, Mr. Rotimi Eyitayo defined a leader as an individual who is able to inspire willing and conscious followership, saying the ultimate goal of a leader was to create and deliver desired change as well as birth and raise leaders out of followers.
Damilola Jacob & Ayoola Obadimu
Press Officers, MOES&T