Vanguard (Lagos)

31 January 2013

Nigeria: Expert Calls for Teachers' Training

The Administrator, St.Gregory's College, Obalende, Lagos, Rev. Msgr. Edmond Akpala, has called for the continuous training and retraining of teachers so as to uplift the standard of education in the country.

Speaking to Vanguard Learning, Rev. Akpala also called on parents to ensure that they go through their children's school work to ensure that they are on the right track.

"We keep complaining of the falling standard of education in the country, little steps like the continuous training and retraining of teachers would go a long way in repositioning the education sector.

"Aside the training programmes, teachers should be paid as at when due to keep them motivated. There is also the need to decongest the classrooms by building more so that there would not be more than 30 students in a class, while the laboratories need to be equipped to make practical studies easier.

"This school has gone through three phases, the first being the first 60 years of establishing the college, setting up the buildings and facilities. The second phase was the government era which was characterized by irresponsibility and indiscipline. The third phase was the return of the school to missionaries in 2001 by the former state governor, Bola Tinubu.

"But despite going through these turbulent times, one thing that has remained constant is the quality of education, which has not dropped since I was a student here from 1962 to 1969."

Meanwhile, the school also held its 72nd inter-house sports competition which featured 1500m, 100m junior and senior races, 4x400m relay junior and senior, 4x100m junior and senior, 400m junior and senior, 200m junior and senior races, sack race, triple jump, long jump, high jump, invitation relay junior and senior girls and boys, among others.

Welcoming parents and old boys to the competition, Rev. Msgr. Edmond Akpala, said this year's celebration is unique as the school is celebrating its 85th year anniversary.

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