Ekiti, Ogun gift cash, cars to teachers
Bolade Junior Grammar School, Oshodi, Lagos, has emerged best Public Junior Secondary School in the Federation at the 2021 President’s Teachers and Schools Excellence Award (PTSEA).
According to a statement by Director, Public Affairs Officer of the Lagos State Ministry of Education, the event was held yesterday at the Eagle Square in Abuja. It noted that Mrs Obiwumi Salmot emerged second runner up as the Best Teacher, while Mr Odenike Rasheed clinched the fourth position in the best teacher in Public Senior Secondary School category.
This is just as Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, donated two brand new cars to best teachers in public primary and secondary schools in the state. Also, Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, rewarded best teachers in the state with cash prizes ranging from N1 million to N2million.The governor equally gifted a semi-detached bungalow to the best overall teacher for year 2020 in the state.
The awards were given to the teachers and the school for their exemplary performance in the education sector, while the school got a bus in addition to the award.
According to the statement, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, Lagos State Commissioner for Education, is delighted with the news and victory of the awards.
Adefisayo attributed the success of the school and the teachers to the significant transformation and huge investment of Gov. Babajide Olusola Sanw-Olu’s administration in the last two years.
“The Lagos State has recorded outstanding performances and won laurels in various competitions and award ceremonies at National and International levels in recent times.
“This is an evidence of the efforts and collective commitment of the state government in adding value to the education sector,” she said.
The commissioner commended Mrs Okelola Oludara, Tutor General/Permanent Secretary Education District VI, for her dedication in managing the affairs of schools under her districts, making the state proud as overall best Public School in the federation.
She lauded the efforts of the Principal, Mrs Lateefat Ojo, and the teachers, noting that they played major roles to the success of the school.
She also charged them not to rest on their oars as more work needed to be done to attain greater heights.
Meanwhile, Governor Fayemi of Ekiti State, who also donated materials and cash gifts to some outstanding teachers , canvassed digital literacy as the best way to overcome the challenges being posed by Covid 19 pandemic to global education.
Bemoaning increasing incidences of sexual molestations in schools, Fayemi, said his government would deal decisively with anyone who harasses students sexually in any of the school, saying the state has zero tolerance for Gender Based Violence.
Fayemi added that those who got the brand new cars, cash gifts and other materials were thoroughly scrutinised by education authorities and found outstanding in their duties, describing the gesture as a display of reward mechanism.
“In this 21st Century, our great teachers cannot afford to be complacent about digital literacy if truly they want to be at the heart of education recovery. As far back as 2012, we made laptop computers available to our teachers and students and also encouraged extensive embrace of IT in teaching and learning.