LASG Plans Upgrade of Polytechnics, Colleges of Education To Universities

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The Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin, and Sir Micheal Otedola College of Primary Education, Epe, will be upgraded to universities of education just as the Lagos State Polytechnic would be upgraded to a university of science and technology, says the Lagos State Government.

The Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Education, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, revealed this at the yearly ministerial briefing to commemorate the second anniversary of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

According to him, the process for the upgrade had been approved by the state governor and the state executive council and a formal announcement would be made soon by the governor.

He said the decision was based on the discrimination between the certificates issued by colleges of education and polytechnic, affecting the enrollment level.

Wahab further said that about N436m has been paid as scholarship and bursary to indigent and outstanding students and pupils.

“Lagos State Scholarship Board paid about N219m as bursary award to 6411 students of Lagos State origin in various higher institutions of learning to support their education while about N218m was paid as a scholarship award to 981 beneficiaries.”

Through the Digital Skills Initiative of the state government, the special adviser said about 120,000 students and pupils in public primary and secondary across the 720 schools and the six educational districts. He said they were trained in basic computer skills, coding skills, scratch, cloud services, world wide web internet technology, and interactive and visualizer code.

Wahab added that 28,000 final year and penultimate class students were trained across all the state-owned tertiary institutions and they were trained in four major areas to increase their employability skills of entrepreneurship, work readiness tools, soft skills and market aligned courses.

Source: Guardian



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