By Lukman Olabiyi
Chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB), Wahab Alawiye -King has said the state will not relent in leveraging technology to advance primary education through EKOEXCEL
The state governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu inaugurated EKOEXCEL (Excellence in Child Education and Learning) in 2019 to provide quality education to both the rich and the poor and upskill teachers through cutting-edge technology.
Speaking on the sidelines of the quarterly meeting of the Universal Basic Education (UBEC) Management with chairmen of SUBEBs in Nigeria themed ‘Enhancing Access, Equity and Standards in Basic Education Through Technology-Driven Initiatives,” held in Benin City, Edo State from November 15 to 18, Alawiye-King said leveraging technology to boost primary education through EKOEXCEL was a long-term strategy of the government.
Alawiye-King, who was elected SUBEBs Dean at the meeting, explained that though Lagos borrowed the idea from Edo State, it had adopted it to fit its peculiar requirements and that EKOEXCEL has been tailored to meet pupils’ individual needs.
He said, “We have adopted the Edo system in a manner to bring the best out of our pupils. Using technology to boost education is where the world is going now. It is part of our strategy in Lagos. That is complementing education with technology so, we are leveraging technology to move basic education forward in Lagos.”
The LASUBEB chair added that the Lagos State Government would ensure the success of EKOEXCEL, because it wants to make the education sector globally competitive and give more pupils access to education.
“We want to make the education sector in Lagos globally competitive hence boosting the standard and quality with technology. Also, the demand for education has outweighed the supply, but we can bridge the gap with technology which is what EKOEXCEL is doing”, he declared.
EKOEXCEL has dramatically accelerated student literacy and numeracy performances in two short years, with significant differences between student performances in EKOEXCEL schools and their peers in traditional schools.