Lagos State Government Education Management Systems

LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT EDUCATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

The Lagos State Government Education Management Systems is made up of the below listed framework towards a better system.
State Ministry of Education

A fundamental principle and overall mandate of the Lagos State educational system is that universal education provided by government should be free and accessible therefore everyone should have equal opportunities to acquire an education irrespective of sex, age, economic station, location, religion, and possible disabilities, cultural or social background.

Though Government traditionally is responsible for educating its citizens but Lagos State has a large number of private schools because of the large population, diverse and growing needs.
The Ministry carries out her function through the State Ministry of Education (SMoE), parastatals and agencies. The functions of the main ministry, all parastatals and agencies are geared towards ensuring an effective and efficient discharge of this overall mandate.
The SMoE role is largely one of sectoral oversight with specific functional responsibility for leading policy formulation and monitoring compliance with such policies.  The parastatals are charged with the actual implementation of policies formulated for the sector and to a large extent have substantive authority for their institutions management and operational decisions as well as programs. Such authority is resident in their respective permanent secretaries, tutor generals and directors who are accountable to the Honourable commissioner for education.

State Ministry of Education Organizational Structure

The Ministry is structured into three main (3) compartments as follows:
i)    The Main Ministry: – Headed by a Commissioner also comprises of 10 departments with each department headed by a director. The main Ministry also has oversight responsibility for examinations board, technical colleges, vocational centers and French language centre.
SMoE comprises of eight departments namely:

– Finance & Administration Accounts
– Basic Education Services,
– Inspectorate
– Curriculum services
– Educational Planning
– Research and statistics
– Policy Implementation
– Science and Technology
– French language Centre
– Press and public relations
– Lagos state Examinations Board
The Ministry is charged with the following responsibilities:
– Policy control on pre-primary, primary and secondary school education
–  Approval, regulation and monitoring of private, pre pre-primary, secondary, special education, technical and vocational institutions
– Implementation of the national policy on education
– Supervision and management of libraries and schools under the family support programme
– Management and provision of guidance and counselling in all secondary schools
– Participation in advisory committee on education
–  Management and provision of educational technology
– Policy control on pre-primary, primary and secondary school education
– Approval, regulation and monitoring of private, pre-primary, secondary, special education, technical and vocational institutions
– Implementation of the national policy on education
– Supervision and management of libraries and schools under the family support programme
– Management and provision of guidance and counselling in all secondary schools
– Participation in advisory committee on education
– Management and provision of educational technology

SMoE is supported by a number of parastatals. These are corporate bodies charged either with a state wide education sub sector or sub function or with the management of a particular institution.

There are five parastatals charged with state wide functions:

SUBEB: The state universal basic education board is responsible for the management, supervisory, development, maintenance and rehabilitation of basic education defined as nine year education after early childhood to JSS 3
It is charged with the responsibilities of:

– Research, formulation and advise on policy guidelines for the successful operation of the Universal Basic Education Programme in the State.
– Administer funds allocated to the Board for the implementation of Universal Basic Education
– Coordinate and ensure implementation of Basic National Curricula, syllabi and other minimum standards in the early childhood care and development centers, primary and junior secondary schools in the State
– Carry out regular monitoring of personnel of all basic education institutions in Lagos State
– Supervise the assessment and funding of salaries and allowances of teaching and non-teaching staff based on the scheme of service drawn up by the State Government
– Co-ordinate and supervise teaching and learning in public schools and junior secondary schools in the state.

LIBRARY BOARD
– Act as an advisory body and consultant for school libraries and other categories of libraries in the state
– Set standards and policies for the establishment and maintenance of schools libraries in the state
– Formulate and implementation of government policies on libraries in the state
– Establish and maintain branches of the State Library Services
– Make library service facilities available to members of the public
SCHOLARSHIP BOARD
– Formulate guidelines for selection of candidates for scholarship award/bursaries
–  Advise on allowances payable to awardees
–  Formulate the principles that will govern the selection of candidate for award

EXAMINATIONS BOARD
– Conduct relevant examinations for schools and personnel in the state
– Provide advice on matters relating to examinations
– Determine and collect examination fees
– Monitor and coordinate activities of the Continuous Assessment Committees at the Local Education District Level
– Conduct research in tests and measurement

AGENCY FOR MASS EDUCATION
– Serves as vehicle for the eradication of illiteracy in the state, especially among the rural dwellers, out of school children etc
– Provide avenue for vocational programmes to all people outside the formal school especially those that will promote rural development in the state
– Enhance literacy programmes through the establishment of continuing education and vocational centers
– Plan, implement and monitor all adult non-formal education activities in the state with special reference to Mass Literacy
– Plan, implement and control vocational and continuing education programmes for adults and young persons for the enhancement of integrated rural development
The Ministry has six education districts spread across 20 local government area and teachers/pension office (TEPO) for SS1 – SS 3, the responsibilities for policy formulation, standards setting implementation lie with SMoE and the management with districts
EDUC. DISTR. 1 – 6
– Effective administration of all Secondary Schools, Teachers’ and Technical Colleges and Schools of Basic Studies in the State
– Coordinate activities of societies and clubs in post-primary schools in the districts
– Carry out regular inspection and monitoring of post-primary schools
– Coordinate all matters relating to appointment, confirmation of appointment, training and development, promotion, transfer, dismissal and discipline of all teaching and non-teaching staff in Post-Primary Schools.

SPECIAL ADVISER TO THE GOVERNOR
– Oversight responsibilities for Tertiary Institutions, Agency for Mass education, Library and Board and Scholarship Board
– Coordinate state scholarship, bursary awards and Lagos State education Endowment fund
– Carry out monitoring and investigation on education matters in the District.

LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT EDUCATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS