By Oluwakemi Oladipo
Lagos,Oct. 6, 2020 Prof. Bilikis Lafiaji-Okuneye, Provost, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED) in Otto-Ijanikin, has urged teachers to be steadfast in their resolve to deliver more effectively and secure a better future for their students.
She said that teachers were loco-parentis as they wear the garb of parents while the students were in school in a statement on Tuesday to celebrate the World Teachers’ Day with the theme: “Leading in Crisis, Re-imagining The Future.”
“The issue of teacher leadership in relation to crisis responses is not just timely but critical in terms of the contribution teachers have made to provide remote learning.
“Teachers support vulnerable population, the reopening of schools and ensure that learning gaps have been mitigated.
“This year’s theme addresses the role of teachers in building resilience and shaping the future of education and the teaching profession,’’ Lafiaji-Okuneye said.
The Provost said that COVID-19 pandemic had significantly added to the challenges faced by already over extended education system throughout the world.
“It is no gainsaying the fact that the world is at a crossroad now more than ever before.
“Everybody must work with teachers to protect the right to education and guide it into the unfolding landscape caused by the pandemic.
“This year marks another milestone in the teaching profession as educators and advocate of change in our societies,’’ the provost said.
She added that AOCOED as a teacher training institute had taken key precautionary measures for the new normal which is a right step to safeguard the future of potential educators.
“We chart a course for our students for imagining better future through a well articulated delivery.
“Indeed the Lagos State Government is doing very well in the actualisation of these objectives with the support of the college’s governing council and other key stakeholders in the system,’’ she said.