Cleric harps on proper funding of sector to guarantee the future
To secure a better future for the country, the government must be ready to properly fund education and address the myriads of challenges confronting the sector.
Improved infrastructure, skills acquisition, training, and partnerships are required to move education to another level.
Efforts must also be geared towards restoring lost societal values.
A cleric, Amaechi Nwachukwu noted that concrete growth and development would remain a mirage without a conscious effort at providing the right ingredients to youths, explaining that quality of teaching and learning, as well as the quality of school leadership, are crucial to sustained growth.
Speaking at the 5th graduation ceremony of the Amazing Love International Schools, Emene Enugu, the cleric added that education of the youth was crucial to making concrete development, warning however that such must be tailored towards the values of the society.
He said: “Every country in this world knows that education is not free. There is no nation that has become great without education. I am however amazed that Africa and Nigeria which are a critical part of the world have relegated education to the background and people talk as though we have nothing to offer. It is amazing that these people who are the foundations of knowledge are being seen as though we have nothing because we have been colonised by western education and we do not have a way of growing our own education system.
“We are on a daily basis denying our identities and things that distinguishes us. We have denied our orientation and values system. We should hold on to what is good in our system and culture and not emulating anything we see in the name of education.
“Education both those provided by the public and private has come to stay, but our policies must tend towards strengthening it in such a way that it was ready to provide immediate solutions to challenges.
Nwachukwu told the graduating students to ensure they don’t lose what they gained from the school in the valley of conflicting societal values, stressing that, although the society had been inflicted with “the worship of money, the same money cannot buy you honesty, integrity and good virtues”
He praised the graduating students for living above board, stressing that the admission, which three of them had gained into the university to study Medicine and Computer Engineering was a testimony that the school was doing well.
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