Education in Lagos, Nigeria

The challenges were:

  1. Inadequate schools in new communities
  2. Indiscipline among teachers and students.
  3. Lack of motivation for teachers.
  4. Dilapidated infrastructures in schools.
  5. High drop out rates on account of inability to pay for terminal examinations.

New and old communities experienced inadequate access to good quality education as a result of the rapid increase in population of Lagos State. The existing infrastructures (especially school buildings were collapsing at a rapid rate. There was general indiscipline among staff and students exemplified by absenteeism and late coming on the part of teachers and roaming the streets during school hours, absenteeism, gangsterism as well as late-coming on the part of students. Teachers who had spent upwards of twenty-five to thirty years in service lacked sufficient motivation and reward for their service as a result of the then existing practice of limiting their upward progression within the service to directorship within the educational system compared to administrative officers who had no educational qualification and rising to be permanent secretaries after spending 18 to 20 years in service.

The approach and methodology adopted in meeting these challenges include:

  1. Introducing new code of conduct for both staff and students and their families.
  2. Visiting all public schools in Lagos State to determine their state of safety and setting up of the special committee for the rehabilitation of schools.
  3. Introducing a reward system, which now offers teachers and headmasters the unique opportunity of rising to the position of tutor-general with the status of permanent secretary.
  4. Establishing new schools in new communities to create access for pupils who would, otherwise have been denied such an opportunity.
  5. By making the Lagos State government to pay for terminal examination fees for pupils in the public school system, many bright but indigent students were able to complete their education with ease.
Year of publication: 
UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair
Themes and sectors: 
Education and training

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