By Abike Sanusi
Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED) Provost Prof. Bidemi Lafiaji-Okuneye has stressed the need to have teachers in leadership positions in times of crisis.This, he said, was important in solving problems.
In a statement, he reiterated that teachers should not be undermined, emphasising their contributions during the lockdown.
He said: “Teachers are in loco parentis as they wear the garb of parents while the students are in school. The issue of teacher leadership in relation to crisis response is not just timely, but critical in terms of the contributions teachers have made to provide remote learning, support vulnerable population, reopen schools and ensure that learning gaps have been plugged.”
Lafiaji-Okuneye said the role of teachers was not only about building a resilient spirit, but also shaping the future of education and teaching.
He, however, enjoined all to support teachers in their efforts to protect the right to education, following the new normal brought about by the coronavirus.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly contributed to the challenges faced by over extended education systems throughout the world. Thus, the world is at crossroads, and we must work with teachers to protect the right to education and guide it into the unfolding landscape brought about by the pandemic,” Lafiaji-Okuneye said.
He also said AOCOED had taken precautionary measures for the ‘new normal’ to safeguard the future of potential educators.
He lauded the Lagos State Government and stakeholders for helping to achieve effective service delivery.
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