The Lagos State Government on Wednesday commenced the 2014/2015 Annual Schools Census, ASC, to generate credible and timely data for the education sector in the state.
Olayinka Oladunjoye, the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, urged principals and head teachers of public and private schools in the state to cooperate with enumerators for the success of the programme.
Mrs. Oladunjoye, who spoke during the flag-off of the 2014/2015 ASC Sensitisation Programme for stakeholders in the education sector, said the exercise was aimed at generating dependable and usable data for multi-sector planning.
“I urge all our stakeholders, especially our principals and head teachers who are the drivers of the Annual Schools Census, to produce credible and timely data for the education sector.
“Hitherto, inconsistencies of data, care-free attitude to data collection, and non-remittance of timely returns have characterised the attitude of the stakeholders.
“I appeal to you all to turn a new leaf by embracing efficient data generation that is worthy of the efforts and usable across board,” Mrs. Oladunjoye said.
She said that the programme was informed by the need to avoid the inconsistencies in data generation, particularly in past ASC, which necessitated a new approach to make the exercise more acceptable.
The commissioner said that as drivers of the ASC, principals and head teachers should cooperate with officials to produce credible data that would serve the need of the sector.
She expressed the government’s readiness to embrace credible data as a tool for effective planning and sound decision-making process.
Mrs. Oladunjoye said that all hands must be on deck to ensure that credible, reliable and usable data is delivered, thereby making the exercise a success.
“I appeal to our principals and head teachers to be available to attend to the enumerators; make all records available, including statutory records, administrative records and teaching records, among others.
“They should provide access to the enumeration facilities, equipment and on- the- spot head count of staff and students; create adequate time for the enumerators’ visits, and volunteer correct and faithful information,” she said.