The Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB) in collaboration with Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) created awareness for stakeholders to effectively commence the implementation of cluster school model (CSM) meetings in schools.
Mr Wahab Alawiye-king, Executive Chairman, LASUBEB said this at an awareness meeting for stakeholders tagged “Advocacy and Sensitisation on Cluster School Model” on Friday in Lagos.
Alawiye-king said that in pursuit of effective teaching, lesson delivery and improved management in basic education institutions cluster school model needs to be implemented in all Lagos schools.
“Cluster model or clustering is the task of grouping a set of objects in such a way that objects in the same group is more similar to each other than to those in other groups.
“At the inception of Teacher Professional Development Plan in Nigeria, the cascade model of teacher training was employed.
“The cascade model is one model that is used to train a large number of in-service teachers in a short span of time.
“The success or failure of this model depends upon the way it is implemented,” he said.
Alawiye-king said that cluster model would help education sector to move from analog to digital method of teaching and learning.
“Lagos state government and LASUBEB will need support and cooperation of concerned stakeholders within the school community for enabling environment that devoid interference each cluster,” he said.
Mr Dayo Israel, Permanent Board Member of LASUBEB said that UBEC introduced cluster school model to improve quality assurance of schools in Lagos.
Israel said that the former model called cascade did not really have effect because it get to the lower level it had diluted.
“Cluster models will cluster people in cells or units in a different school to a particular area together which involves pair mentoring, training and so on.
“Cluster school model will improve the quality of teachers and learning experience of students in the classroom,” he said.
Dr Felix Akinnusi LASUBEB Teacher Development Plan (TDP) Desk officer, said that the advocacy and sensitisation was the third stage or phrase of the cluster school model which includes all stakeholders in basic education.
Akinnusi said that cluster school model was a strategy developed to enhance the on the job capacity of teachers and education.
“Historically, the origin of cluster school model can be traced to 2013 when UBEac changed from Cascade model of training to the cluster school model.
“Currently, there are 30 clusters in Lagos state under the cluster school model. It shall include; 40 teachers,10 headteachers, two facilitators, 2 LGEA supervisors and one SUBEB staff.
“Safety and education for all is the responsibilities of all,” he said.
Akinnusi said that UBEC cluster school model (CSM) has 10 stages which include; development of action plan, selection of participants, needs assessment, advocacy and sensitisation
“Other includes; Sit-in-observation, needs-based interactive session, cluster teacher meeting, classroom intervention and impact assessment,” he said.
Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, Lagos State Commissioner for Education, SUBEB board secretary, traditional rulers, education secretaries, community leaders and others attended the programme.