The oldest serving principal and head teacher in the Lagos State Ministry of Education, Mr. John Akinpelu and Mrs. Adeconde Abiola, have bagged the Excellence in Education Award.
The educators received the awards at the maiden award ceremony organised by the Education Group of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Other categories of the awards include the Vice-Chancellor of the Year award won by Prof. Rahaman Bello of the University of Lagos; Widest Corporate Social Responsibility on Education award, won by the MTN Foundation and the State Committed to Education award, won by the Imo State Government.
Others are the Tertiary Education Lifetime award, won by a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe; the Most Reliable International Education Support Service Provider award, won by Maple Education Canada Inc; and the Best Private University award, won by Covenant University, Ota.
In his keynote address, the President of the All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools, Lagos State Branch, Olatunde Isaac, urged educationists to be creative.
He said, “If our children and the youths are going to be the drivers of the country’s economy in the nearest future, then those in the education sector need to develop the curricula and teaching techniques which will encourage these expectant future leaders to embrace creativity.”
Chairperson, Education Printing and Publishing Sector of the LCCI, Mrs. Modupe Onabanjo, urged government at all levels to increase funding for education.
She said, “Education is the most important sector in an economy. Whichever angle you may want to look at it, your career starts from the classroom under the tutelage of a teacher.
“In Nigeria today, education is not a palatable sector to both the learners and teachers. The sector is deliberately or otherwise kept low and poorly funded.”