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Osinbajo decries obsolete teaching methods in schools

V ICE President Yemi Osinbajo has frowned at the use of obsolete teaching methods in schools, and urged teachers in the country to embrace new teaching technology.

He urged teachers to show more commitment to the teaching profession, which he said was highly revered in the past, saying there is no way quality education could be achieved without having qualified and up-to-date teachers in the system.

Speaking at the Annual Education Conference 2016, in Abuja, the vice president said that education standards could improve in the country when new technologies are introduced.

Professor Osinbajo lamented that many children in the country do not know how to read and write due to poor teaching methods.

He also stressed the need for government to provide an inclusive and equitable education for all Nigerian children, irrespective of their family background.

The Minister for Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, said one of the objectives of the forum was to evolve strategies to increase access, equity and quality as well as non-formal programmes to ease the trauma of children who have experienced conflict and have been forcibly displaced.

He noted that it would also provide an opportunity for communicating research evidence that would guide basic education policy and practice of the federal and state governments.

He explained that the conference would also provide a platform for stakeholders to in the education sector to exchange ideas on how education actors can best transform educational practices to provide quality basic education for all.

“We expect that this conference will come up with approaches not only on how teaching and learning can be supported in emergencies, but also on disaster and risk reduction and rebuilding social cohesion and resilience,” he said.

On his part, the Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwukah, said the present administration is poised to improve the quality of education, and in particular, that of teachers.

“This underscores the fact that teachers are key to the achievement of the education 2030 agenda, whose central theme is ‘ensure Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education and Promote Life Long Opportunities for all’. We must therefore give premium to the status of teachers in our country.”