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Lagos Govt trains teachers on child-centered education


Lagos -The Office of Quality Assurance, Lagos State Ministry of Education, on Thursday urged teachers to master
child-centred methods of teaching, to reduce the failure rate of students in examinations.
Mrs Ronke Soyombo, Director General, Education Quality Assurance in the ministry, spoke in Lagos at a training organised for members of the Association of Formidable Education Development (AFED), mainly made up of school proprietors.
Soyombo said that the training was to expose the participants to the pedagogy of teaching, to enhance the standard in private schools.
She said that teachers had to know more about the three-part lessons and how to utilise it to achieve better results.
“For a three-part lesson, it is essential teachers know the introductory part.
“Ideally, when you involve the children in delivering your lesson, it should not be more than 20 minutes.
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“If we talk too much as teachers, we are not likely to allow the children to gain anything.
“They are bored to the teeth, and at the end, how much learning has gone into the children would be the question.
“Ideally, as teachers, we are supposed to know that we should not talk more than 20 minutes,’’ Soyombo said.
According to her, the second part is recording and self-assessment, which should not last for more than half an hour.
She said this was a time when the teacher was supposed to go round to assess performance of students.
The third part, Soyombo said, was group discussion, where the students compare notes and learn from each other, which should take five to 10 minutes.
She said that the training, which was also a sensitisation on the newly developed education schedule, would help to improve standards in private schools.
Mrs Ifejola Dada, President, AFED lauded the programme and assured that the association members would in turn train their teachers.
She said that what they were taught would be implemented in September when a new academic calendar begins.
Mr Orji Kalu, Proprietor, Rockford Schools, Lagos, also lauded the ministry for the training and urged other state governments to carry out similar programmes. (NAN)

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