Ogundimu made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on the sidelines of the induction workshop for the newly employed secondary school teachers in the state.

NAN reports that Lagos State Government had recruited 1,000 teachers into the civil service with a view to improve on the educational system through the Traffic Management and Transportation, Health and Environment, Education and Technology (THEME) agenda.

Ogundimu told NAN that the THEME agenda was sacrosanct to the legislative arm, hence, it would continue to give adequate attention to the needs of education in the state.

“Our plans for education is not different from the agenda of the party. There is a promise to improve on what we met on ground in educational development.

“Our plans is to make sure that we recruit more teachers and the recruitment of the one thousand teachers is one of the plans that we have among others.

“We also plan to renovate the existing schools which we have budgeted for, and we also plan to build more schools to complement those that we have on ground.

“We also saw the need to train and re-train our teachers so that they will meet the present demands of the 21st century; all these have been budgeted for in the 2020 Appropriation Acts,’’ he said.

Ogundimu said apart from recruiting new teachers, the legislative arm was also looking at ways in which the welfare of those in service would be improved on.

“As part of our oversight functions, we also want to see that the welfare of teachers and not only the teachers, but the civil service is well improved upon.

“For the newly recruited teachers, we will make sure that they settle down quickly to their respective posts because their welfare is paramount in our minds,’’ he said.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Teaching Service Commission, Mrs Toyin Awosuyi, had urged the new teachers to be ready to learn from those ahead of them.

“The newly recruited teachers need to project themselves in a manner of being a 21st century manner because they will be teaching 21st century children.

“Our teachers must be smart and that is why we are giving them the necessary trainings,’’ she said.

Also, Mr Olawale Alawiye-King,     Chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB), said that the one week training for the newly recruited teachers was to acquaint them with the right skills needed.

“The first process is to absorb them after which comes the need to make them globally competitive, to equip them with the right set of skills through training, because that is where the world is going.

“I also want to appeal to them to strengthen the education ecosystem by reaching out to the world through partnerships and the needed skills to survive.

“The training is one of the processes newly introduced by the state government to ensure that our teachers are efficient and effective,’’ he said.

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