Hon Wahab Alawiye-King, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board’s (LASUBEB) executive chairman, has said the agency has saved many children from participating in various social vices in the state through its EkoExcel programme.
He also revealed that the State intend to use the programme to cater for over 2 million out-of-school children.
Through the EkoExcel initiative, Alawiye-King said the agency has taken many out-of-school children off the streets and into classrooms, adding that it has also protected the out-of-school children from daily violence such as abuse, neglect, exploitation, and exclusion.
“It cannot be overemphasised that over nine million out-of-school children need protection from daily violence.”
On the issue of the provision of qualitative education, he recalled Governor Sanwo-Olu assuring Lagosians that the provision of education was a major priority for his administration and that he was determined to retrain and empower teachers to teach in a more effective manner with technology-driven techniques to tutor students and begin the enrollment of out-of-school children by using a robust enrollment drive.
While evaluating the enrolment drive exercise, he said: “With empirical proof from the recently released ‘EkoExcel 2020-2021 Endline Fluency and Numeracy Evaluation,’ it has been affirmed that the intervention is making a significant impact on the pupils, teachers and states’ education system.”
“The evaluation has also shown that the EkoExcel pupils are making rapid progress in the aspect of oral reading fluency and foundational numeracy compared to their performances before the initiative was started,” he added.
In his view, more students would enrol in the school, and no effort would be spared in providing them with quality education.
Honourable Adebayo Adefuye, the permanent board member of LASUBEB and chairman of the EkoExcel programme, emphasized also that the decision to turn public schools into friendly places for learning had also helped boost enrolment in the state.
Adefuye explained that EkoExcel schools were monitored via an electronic dashboard that displayed all the data for all the 1009 primary schools under the programme, including 13,673 teachers, 10,085 classrooms with almost 500,000 pupils, across all local government areas in Lagos.
He also said that the dashboard is accessible to all the relevant primary education stakeholders in the State.