Mrs Abosede Ogunleye, the Permanent Secretary, Ogun Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, said that Co-curricular activities such as public speaking and quizzes would boost the critical thinking of learners and also helped in turning around the dwindling education sector.
Ogunleye spoke at the State final of the President’s Inter-secondary schools’ debate championship held on Thursday at Abeokuta Grammar School.
The permanent secretary opined that education as a knowledge enhancer would ensure an individual’s ability to invariable self and societal improvement.
Ogunleye, represented by the Director, Quality Assurance and Teachers’ Development, Mr Martins Akinsolu, noted that the paramount concern of the present administration was to improve the standard of teaching and learning.
“As a responsible government, the paramount concern of this administration is turning around the dwindling education sector. Therefore, the need to sustain the art of public speaking cannot be overemphasized, as a co-curricular activity that boosts students’ oratory skill and as such must be upheld”, she submitted.
In her welcome address, the Director, Education Support System, Mrs. Bamidele Makinde said the competition would help develop critical thinking skills, builds confident public speaking, provide learners the opportunity to explore real-world topics on issues, and also enable them to learn from their peers.
She disclosed that the winners from the State competition would engage other learners from other southwest States before proceeding to the national for the final rounds.