Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu
13 teachers in Lagos state have been rewarded with brand new cars.
The Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, rewarded the 13 outstanding school teachers and administrators in public schools across the state with the car gift, saying the effort was borne out of the importance of giving then a sense of worth and encouraging them to commit more to the profession.
The State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, disclosed this on Thursday at Alausa, Ikeja, while briefing newsmen on the forthcoming Lagos State Annual Education Merit Award.
The commissioner said the 13 teachers to be honoured were among 23 semi-finalists selected from over 3,000 applications who applied for the state’s merit award selection process captured under the State’s B.O.S Education Transformation Plan 2020.
According to her, the recipients have been selected from public Primary, Junior Secondary and Senior Secondary Schools as well as Technical Colleges in the state, saying that 13 of the 23 semi-finalists would be awarded cars, while others would be given other consolation prizes.
Adefisayo, who noted that the effort was borne out of recognition of the important role played by teachers with a view to encouraging them to commit more to the profession, explained that the selection of the awardees followed very stringent processes of applicants who were public school teachers and screened by seasoned educationists, without interference from the State’s Ministry of Education under which the programme is placed.
She expressed the belief that the prize award ceremony, slated for Tuesday next week, would encourage the upcoming generation to take pride in choosing the teaching profession for a career.
Chairman of the Nomination Committee, Mrs Lai Koiki, who is also Chairman, Association of Private Educators in Nigeria (APEN), commented that records of experience during the screening processes revealed that contrary to popular sentiment against public school teachers, it was discovered that there were capable and competent professionals in public schools.
She mentioned that the over 3,000 applicants were screened through online processes till the stage that led to the selection of the 23 semi-finalists who appeared for physical interviews.
Koiki, who said that the best among those that applied would be awarded 13 cars, further said that all the 23 semi-finalists would be enrolled for a retreat in five-star hotels to enjoy all the luxuries while they would be trained to encourage them with the sense of dignity.