By Sunday Akintoye
In a bid to ensure that no child is left behind in accessing basic education in Lagos, the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) recently, organised a stakeholders’ meeting on ways to meet the demands of children with special needs during and post COVID-19.
Adressing the meeting held at LASUBEB office, Maryland, Ikeja, the Executive Chairman of the Board, Mr. Wahab Alawiye-king disclosed that the meeting became important to keep critical stakeholders abreast of policy formulation, especially in adopting new strategies to ensure that special needs pupils are served.
Alawiye-King emphasised the need for special schools to adopt e-learning platforms in conformity with the practice introduced by the Board since the emergence of COVID-19.
The Chairman noted that the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic made it imperative to rethink old ways and design new methods at ensuring that children, especially those with special needs, continue to learn despite school closure.
He emphasised the strong desire of the present administration to ensure that every child has access to inclusive and compulsory education as clearly spelt out in the education policy of the State Government.
“This policy ensures that special needs pupils are adequately catered for. It is the firm belief of the present administration that every child has the right to education, irrespective of their multi-dimensional challenges. Lagos State does not only fulfill this right but runs a blanket system, through its inclusive education policies, which ensure that no child is left behind”, he said.
According to the Board Chairman, the reason for the stakeholders’ meeting was to review the document setting up the special needs units in primary schools in order to come up with different method of teaching.