Quality is never an accident, it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.
It was against this backdrop that the Lagos State Ministry Of Education decided to ask quality questions that would further enhance the birth of quality and affordable education for pupils in the state. This was done through the creation of Quality Assurance office in the ministry, to keep in line with global trends, improve teaching and learning process in both public and private schools of the state.
The development which is regarded as first of its kind in the country saw the appointment of Mrs. Ronke Soyombo, a British trained teacher and seasoned administrator as the Director General of the newly created Quality Assurance office.
Understanding the task before her, Mrs. Soyombo swung into action shortly after she was unveiled by organizing a robust stakeholders meeting which encompassed representatives of All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary, ANCOPPS, Islamic Education body, Association of Formidable Educational Development, AFED, Association of Private Educators in Nigeria, APEN as well as representatives of public and private schools sector held at the state’s Education Resource Centre , Ojodu-Berger.
The meeting was used as a workshop to highlight the vision of Lagos State on education which is to be a model of excellence in order to ensure children have the best and quality education in the state.
She explained that part of the measures currently in place to ensure quality education in the public and private sector is the provision of unique emblem number for all the approved schools by the ministry. The unique number, according to Mrs. Soyombo will be randomly generated by computer and it is designed to help the quality assurance office to track down schools that do not adhered to quality in the state.
She noted that the ultimate goal is to get everyone in the education community to develop a robust instrument of learning for the needs of every child.
In order to have a meaningful impact on the lives of the children a lot of issues have to be addressed because some children are kinetic learners in nature, some are auditory learners while others are visual learners. Our ultimate goal is to bring public schools to the standard that private schools are operating on at the moment. We are working very hard to ensure that the resources provided by Government are well utilized in order to actualize excellent standards in all our public and private schools”, opined Mrs. Soyombo.