My desire to write this blog content spurred out if the disappointment I met few days ago with an encounter with a secondary school Principal in my location. As the SI4DEV location partner for Ado Ekiti, alongside my community of volunteers, we planned to organize a sensitization program across some secondary schools especially to students writing their final exams. This gave me the opportunity to meet with a principal of one of our target schools and here is my story.
The Principal sincerely appreciated the effort of organizations like SI4DEV and the work we do but however reiterate the fact that programs like the one we are bringing has little or no effect on students writing their final exams especially in government public school. He said “you can only get their attention and interest if you are ready to provide them with links that can provide examination questions online”.
He went on to say that, the condition has became so despondent to the extent that he had to get a court affidavit while he made every parent to sign and attest to the fact that very strict punitive measure will be taken against whosoever engages in examination malpractice. Simply put, the principal said “we now use police men to enforce discipline in our school”.
At this point, I will like you to think about this precarious situation our education system is in Nigeria while you also drop your views. Leaving that office, I was wondering what really changed. Why do teachers now lack control over students with age bracket of 15 maximum while in the years before they were able to control and produce productive brains of age bracket up to 28? What do you say to our education system if the only seeming solution is to use law enforcement agencies to enact orderliness and maintaining certain level of morality in school?
Think about this as well:- what effect does this things have on knowledge and our education system..
1. Outstanding students from tertiary institutions go home with less than 10 thousand naira while upcoming artist get to go home with cars from mini exhibitions.
2. Educational programs receives lessee sponsorship, partnership and audience while party shows amongst other receive more.
This amongst many more leaves me with the question….. What can we do to ensure these guys are good and ready leaders of tomorrow?
Till I come your way again…. BE INSPIRED.
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