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Stakeholders have urged parents to partner with government to reposition education and motivate their wards towards their studies.

The stakeholders spoke with the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday, on the sidelines of the 59th anniversary of Methodist High School, Ibadan.

According to them, the roles of parents are pivotal to securiting all-round education for their children.

One of the stakeholders, Prof Yemi Akinrinmade, the National President, Methodist High School Old Students’Association, said that whoever thought education was a scam should try ignorance and see the outcome.

He said “the issue of motivation has a lot to do with us, the parents, as role models to our children.

“Motivation should start from individual homes because teachers are with students for just few hours everyday.

“So most of the work should have been done at home before students go to school. I will, therefore, suggest that we, as parents, should take the duty of parenting seriously.’’

Akinrinmade said that the old boys’ association had performed tremendously well by providing facilities for the use of the students in the school.

“As a major stakeholder in the development of our alma mater, we really need to come to terms with the reality currently confronting the future and development of our school.

“We can no longer sit on the sidelines and watch government policy somersaults and ever-changing political will to frontally confront the myriad of educational challenges in our time,’’ he said.

Also, Dr Ademola Idowu, the Chairman of the school’s governing board, said that the idea of having public participation in school administration, especially provision of facilities, was to reposition the education sector and return schools’ lost glories.

He commended the efforts of the old students’ association as well as the efforts of the parents in harnessing the available resources for the development of the school.

Idowu, who was of the opinion that government could not do it alone, added that the contributions of parents and old students were very important in uplifting the standard of the school.

“Government can definitely not do it all alone when it comes to funding education in the state; so partnership is key for development,’’ he said.

The SGB chairman reiterated the need for government to return schools back to their original owners, who, he said, would be much interested in moving the schools forward, even in the face of obvious challenges.

NAN reports that highlights of the event included the official handing over of library furniture to the school by the old boys and election of new officers into the national body of the association.

Edited By: Cecilia Odey and ‘Wale Sadeeq

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