Government’ should return private schools to their owners, says Odegbami
Nigerian ex international, Segun Odegbami, has lent his voice to calls on government to return schools to private owners in order to turn the education system around and make it more attractive for learning and thereby making students productive. Odegbami made his stance known to The Guardian at this year Banana Island Exhibition Artist Talk tagged Open Day yesterday in Lagos.
Odegbami who was one of the dignitaries at the event reiterated that the idea of returning schools owned by private owners currently managed by governments would produce the best result, “this is a private school, though expensive but the government can actually have the same standard, equip public schools with the latest facilities.
”This is a private school where you don’t have the same sort of teachers or facility and the same sort of concentration and the quality of education that the children receives; it’s like mass production of education and it’s one of the big area where we have not done well as a country, particularly in the south west so, there is now awareness and all the tiers government are now focusing on education again and I hope we will get it right this time to know that the key lies with the teachers. We must upgrade our teachers, respect, celebrate them and reward them appropriately and we must also endeavour to select them from the best stock of those who are in school, not from the worst stock as it’s; those that don’t have the opportunity to study other things going into teaching.
Continued, he added “We must give our teachers incentives so that more and more people will chose to go into the profession. But right now, teachers are downgraded, nobody’s child want to be a teacher which is really not good for our education, so there is a need for reorientation on education and its essence and I think we have to go back to what chief Obafemi Awolowo established at that time and learn from it for our public schools, but the private schools are doing well.
On issue of giving back private schools currently under the control of government, Odegbami said “I don’t know how it will work but it’s an idea what examining, they should hand back private schools to their owners.
On his part, Vice president of Banana Island resident, Biodun Jegede said “There is a need to develop the children from tender age: develop their body and mind and make them to have confidence in all they do; I don’t have my children in the school but as the vice president of the resident association, I’ve noticed the difference between the school and other schools around and I hope to have my grandchildren here.
Children are package and until you let them express themselves, you wouldn’t know what they are capable of.