An educationist, Mrs Ann Oparah, on Friday said that the private schools now contributed immensely to develop national education which is a critical sector.
Oparah, Proprietor of the Brilliant Academy, Agege, Lagos, made the revelation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on the sidelines of the school’s Prize Giving Day and end of session party.
The seasoned educational administrator said that the future of education now rested on the outputs from the private schools which were now more viable and giving out more good results.
“In private schools, we strive to make parents happy because the onus rests on us to deliver the very best of qualitative education, not that we want to satisfy them alone, but to justify our fees.
“In private school, we must give it all when it comes to quality not 90 but 110 per cent.
“For us as private investors in education, we now contribute more than 60 per cent of what government is giving. This is a statement of fact which is verifiable; it is true that education is expensive.
“In private schools, we spend a lot in training and re-training of teachers, but rather than encourage us, the government often over-burdens us with heavy taxes,’’ Oparah said.
She also disclosed that government could only help the private investors in education with tax incentives and reduction in other levies.
“The taxes on private schools is a burden and this is not encouraging at all, this is making things difficult for the private school owners.
“It is much of a belief that private schools are for business and profiteering alone, these assumptions are bad because education is a critical sector that we cannot afford to fully commercialise.
“Government should understand that there are more things to take care of in education more than the taxes government is expecting from us can be channeled to something more worthwhile.
“In terms of welfare, we need to have a standard practice whereby teachers will be entitled to retirement benefits across board, this will serve as motivation than burden,’’ she said.
Oparah said the results from the external examinations show lots of difference between the quality of education that reside in public and private schools.
“The results from the external examinations such as West African Examination Council (WAEC), Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), National Examination Council (NECO) are testimonies of fact between public and private schools.
“More students from private schools come out strong and better in these examinations which are verifiable from the examination bodies.
“The private schools have higher percentage of passes more than their public counterparts. In my school, I make sure that all the matters in the syllabus are treated.
“There is no room for laxity in private schools even in terms of investment, we don’t mind being indebted just to see that things are well marshalled as far as qualitative education is concerned,’’ she said.
Oparah, a product of the University of Lagos, said that private schools now invest heavily in laboratories, scientific training and entrepreneurial studies because it was the future of education.
“Private schools now invest heavily in laboratories for practical because that is the future of our students; we want them to excel in the sciences.
“We also invest in entrepreneurial studies because we want our students to be well rounded in education so that they will be independent and engage in more critical thinking.
“At Brilliant Academy, we have Entrepreneurial Department for our students and the workshop is well equipped. For fashion design, we have more than 10 sowing machines.
“Also for the carpentry workshop, we have equipment so also the mechanical and others,’’ she said.
(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)
NDA to hold 10th inaugural lecture Aug. 29
The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) will hold its 10th inaugural lecture on August 29, a statement by the institution said on Monday.
The Academy’s Public Relations Officer, Maj. Abubakar Abdullahi, who issued the statement in Kaduna, said that the lecture is titled ‘Nigeria Shall Not Remain Economically Underdeveloped: Quest for Solutions.’
The lecture will be delivered by Professor Egwaikhinde Christian Imondu, a professor of Development Economics, while a former Registrar of the school, Maj Gen Cecil Esekhaigbe, now the Okanlete of Esan Land, will be the Special Guest.
He added that the 10th inaugural lecture is the seventh conducted under Maj.- Gen. Adeniyi Oyebade, the Commandant of the Academy.
“It is in line with the Academy’s resolve to enhance intellectualism and research among its academic staff, ” Abdullahi added.
Edited by Maharazu Ahmed
Youth Day: Expert advocates effective implementation of education policy
A don at the University of Ilorin, Dr Shuaib Mohammed, has advocated effective implementation of the nation’s education policy aimed at promoting human capital development among the youths.
Mohammed spoke on Monday in Ilorin while delivering a lecture at a programme organised by the Saliu Mustapha Foundation to celebrate the 2019 International Youth Day.
He spoke as the Guest Speaker on the theme “Education for Sustainable Development among the Youth, the Role of Counsellors.”
The guest speaker, a lecturer in the Department of Counsellor Education, was represented by Mr Ayuba Ahmed.
Mohammed asserted that the Nigerian policy on education was one of the best although it lacked effective implementation.
He lamented the way the role of counsellors was being neglected in the school system, blaming it for most of the challenges facing the youths after leaving school.
“Counsellors will be posted to schools, instead of them performing their duties as full time counsellors, they would be allotted subjects.
“If you look at it, most of the problems we are having today in the society start from schools, even the primary schools.
“One of the recommendations is that education should emphasise more on creative ability.
“That is how you can be creative; how the youth can attain skills rather than engaging themselves to get the certificate alone.
He urged the Federal Government to set up a task force that would ensure that all provisions of the policy were implemented.
“We have a very good policy in Nigeria. Our policy is good on paper, but lacks implementation.
“As I am talking, the policy has mandated all schools in Nigeria to have counseling centers, equip them and employ counsellors there to go on the streets to rehabilitate and do all what they have been trained for,” he said.
He, however, expressed worry over the number of schools that would implement the policy.
(Edited by Mufutau Ojo)
Out-of-School Children: Oyo to educate over 170, 000 Almajiris, Hawkers
Oyo state Government says it will utilise the World Bank Assisted Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) $3million take-off grant to educate 170, 536 out-of-school children in 23 Local Government Areas of the state.
Dr Nureni Adeniran, Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, (SUBEB), said this in a statement issued on Monday in Ibadan by Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism.
The statement quotes Adeniran as making the disclosure recently after a two-day interactive session with stakeholders on the implementation of BESDA.
The SUBEB chairman reiterated the state government’s resolve to effectively take off the street all out-of-school children and put them in public schools, adding that the programme would cater for hawkers and Almajiris in the state.
“Despite all the hiccups, I strongly believe that the essence of BESDA, which is to effectively take all the out-of-school children off the streets and draw them back to schools, will be accomplished in Oyo State.
“The state government will ensure that a total of 62, 733 hawkers are taken back to school, while 107, 803 Almajiris will be taken off the streets in the Oke-Ogun region of the state.
“The Board has embarked on strategies that would ensure all out-of-school-children are returned to schools before year-2022.
“Oyo state as one of the participating states, would ensure that all out-of-school-children were brought back to schools within the years of the programme’r implementation in the country as a whole,” he said.
The Chairman also promised that the State Government, under the leadership of Gov. Seyi Makinde would pay undivided attention to reduction in the number of out-of-school children, improve their literacy level and strengthen the education system.
Earlier, Malam Iro Umar, the Head, Coordination Support Team, BESDA, expressed optimism that Oyo State has a good team to implement BESDA project.
He further said that the State, through Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, had met necessary parameters and has what it takes to drive the programme to a fruitful end.
“Oyo state government would receive an initial BESDA grant of $3million, to kick off the programme in Ona-ara, Kajola, Surulere, Saki West, Akinyele, Olorunsogo, Iseyin, Saki East, Oyo West, Ogbomosho South, Ogbomosho North and Iwajowa.
“Other local government areas are, Ogo-Oluwa, Ibadan South East, Oriire, Oluyole, Afijio, Oyo West, Ibadan South East, Egbeda, Oreloope, Ibarapa Central and Ibadan North East,” Umar said.
Edited by Remi Koleoso
PTA donates materials worth N10m to school in Jigawa
The Parents Teachers Association (PTA) of Dutse International Model School has donated food items, teaching materials and sports items worth N10 million to the management of the school.
The Chairman of the association, Alhaji Sabo Guri, made this known to the Nigeria News Agency in Dutse on Monday.
Guri said the gesture was to complement the state government’s efforts in improving the standard of education in the state.
The chairman, who said the task of enhancing the education sector was a collective responsibility, pointed out that all hands must be on deck to ensure success.
He also commended the State Government for selecting the school to be upgraded as one of the ‘Centres of Excellence’ in the state.
When contacted, the Director of the school, Malam Lawan Adamu, confirmed receipt of the items.
Adamu lauded the association for the gesture and urged other associations to emulate it.
He listed the items to include cartons of spaghetti, bottles of cooking oil and sachets of maggi seasoning.
He said others were beds, mattresses and pillows and sport facilities.
The director promised that the items would be used judiciously.
Edited by Kamal Tayo Oropo
Old students donate educational items to OOU
The Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) Alumni Association, North American chapter, on Monday, donated educational materials, including computer sets and accessories, to the university.
Dr Afolake Mobolaji, a member of the executive council of the chapter, comprising United States of America, Mexico and Canada, donated the items at the OOU main campus in Ago-Iwoye.
Mobolaji disclosed that the items, which included laptops, projectors, interactive boards, monitors switch, printers, keyboards, magnifiers, scanners, sound recorders, decoders, copiers and UPS, were given to promote academic excellence in their alma mater.
She stated that the chapter would soon raise funds to undertake some physical projects for the benefit of the students and staffers of the university.
Mobolaji, a 1988 Political Science graduate of the university, said that other campuses of the institution would benefit from the intervention of her association.
“I am so happy to be back. The alumni in North America were able to raise funds so that we can get these items for the school and our target was to get them down here before our reunion.
“This is because we wanted to do something impactful so that we can encourage other alumni to join us.
“When I get back, we are going to start a fund raising because there are so many things that need to be done.
“We are not just looking at the Ago-Iwoye campus alone but other OOU campuses also; so, this is just the beginning of many good things that we are still going to do for the school,” she said.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ganiyu Olatunde, who was accompanied by other top officials of the university, received the gifts worth millions of Naira on behalf of the institution.
Olatunde commended the alumni association and its branches for their continued support and interest in the progress and development of the university.
The vice-chancellor said that the provision of the educational materials and equipment would further enhance teaching and learning in the school.
He said that management would collaborate with the alumni towards taking the school to greater heights.
“We really are so excited. We appreciate you and your colleagues in North America. We are so glad that our alumni association is working actively with the university administration so that we can have a 21st century university,” Olatunde said.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Ebun Oduwole, Provost of Postgraduate School, Prof. Gbenga Adenuga and the Registrar, Femi Ogunwomoju, were among the institution’s top officials who witnessed the presentation.
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq