Lagos trains school owners in approval processes to ensure quality
The Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA), Lagos State, on Thursday organised an orientation programme for proprietors and school owners below the tertiary level on approval/post-approval processes.
According to OEQA, the programme is meant to ensure that the highest quality standard, safety and compliance with the state’s regulations is attained in Lagos schools.
At the event, held at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, in Alausa, Ikeja, the Director-General, OEQA, Mrs Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, noted that the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration placed a high premium on the quality and standard of learning in schools across the state, hence the office was always evolving to ensure the highest standard was attained.
She said, ‘’Mr Governor has tasked us that as a regulatory agency, we must be an enabler; that we must constantly be open to learning new ways in which we can enable our schools, teachers, school leaders to ensure that indeed quality education can take place in our schools and impact learning outcomes’’.
Seriki-Ayeni encouraged the stakeholders to see themselves as an institution of learning, having decided to impact children, hence they should take up the responsibility to establish corporate educational institutions as a calling befitting the future of the children.
“Quality education is contingent upon quality of learning, quality of books, quality of teachers and stability of environment”.
‘’Lagos State is committed to ensuring that your school is successful, committed to ensuring accountability and that there are minimum standard processes. Are we going to fold on our minimum standards, absolutely not.
‘’The children and residents of Lagos deserve an educational system that has high standards, our future depends on it and what we do now is important as it is crucial to the development of our state and nation,” the DG said.
Seriki-Ayeni charged the participants not to see the orientation programme as a norm but for stakeholders to work holistically and maintain the standard that the state has set in the past years. She noted that the approval process was the easiest path but the post-approval which entails maintaining the standard is the hallmark, as quality is above everything.
Earlier, the Director, Private Education and Special Programmes, Mrs Fabambi Falayi, explained that the responsibility of OEQA is to strengthen control, regulations, standardisation, monitoring and evaluation of public and private schools below tertiary education.
She took participants through the approval process, provisional approval as well as post-approval process, noting that schools shouldn’t just go to sleep after obtaining approval but must maintain the standard required as the office is saddled with the responsibility of continuous monitoring of schools to ensure that they comply with laid down process, procedures and guidelines.
In attendance were school proprietors/ school owners, OEQA district coordinators, heads of departments and units among others.