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Government urged to prioritise education


Graham Stothard

The Principal of Grange School, Graham Stothard, has urged the Federal government to give priority to education to establish qualitative education in the country.

He spoke at the passing out of the schools Class of 2017 of the School at Ikeja.

Stothard urged the Federal Government to empower the minister of education, as well as commissioners of education across the country to achieve the desired goal.

Among those honoured were Bankole-Olusina Itunuoluwa, who emerged as the Dux Scholar, while Oritsetsemaye Salami was the valedictorian who excelled in both academics, co-curricular and morals.

“Incentives must come from the top and at the national level like in the developed nations. The authority of the president must go round the 36 States to correct everything that is wrong in achieving qualitative education since it is a national issue” he said.

Stothard, who said it was disappointing to see the low level of education in the country, added that Nigerian students in British schools, Canada and America are doing quite well and found to be polite and well-behaved.

The Principal who stressed that Nigeria is still very far behind in terms of quality education, identified poor infrastructures, lack of quality teachers, low funding of education, poverty and the syndrome of all that matters is wealth.

He said as long as operating on the psyche that the biggest man with the biggest car, who wears big dress and golden chains, is the most powerful person, the problem of getting quality education would still remain.

Stothard also identified the political will on the side of the government to establish quality education in the country, adding that the money in circulation is in the hands of a few people who are based in Lagos and Abuja.

The Guest Speaker, Olumayowa Oshin told the children to see themselves as unique and refuse to bow to any discouragement in their future endeavours.

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