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Parents have been advised to assess the individuality of their children, their innate potentials and talent, as well as the environment before enrolling their wards in school.

Chief Executive Officer, Maribet Consult Limited, Margaret Uponi, in a chat with The Guardian, said analysing a child’s strength, capabilities and limitations before enrolling him/her in school is paramount as that will help schools in developing the suitable learning methodology for pupils.

Uponi, who disclosed that the forthcoming “Nigeria education show,” was designed to help parents and schools increase academic success of pupils, said all stakeholders must be thorough and deliberate about their wards’ education, noting that siblings must not necessarily attend the same school, as the focus should be on child’s learning style and needs.

“Parents should take the child as an individual, analyse and evaluate and give the child the best education based on the child’s personality, character, intelligence, capability and others. They should consider things like environment, location, the curriculum of the school, the child’s likes, quality of the teachers, level of security, among others when getting a school for their children.

“As we all know, the future success of our children lies in the foundation that we provide for them. So the foundation is really critical and what we say here is that from 0-18 years is the foundation, the universities just build on what has been laid and it is really important that we get it right. This is why we are organising the conference to provide free advisory service to parents, teachers, school owners and managers so as to enable them produce a balance individual at the end of the day.”On the theme “Journey towards a knowledge economy,” Uponi said most developed countries have knowledge-driven economy and it is important that Nigeria moves towards that.

“The only way we can move towards that is based on the education that we provide. So now the question is, are the schools that we have in Nigeria preparing our children towards a global education, making sure that we have a knowledge-driven economy? Today’s schools that are worth their salt must help in preparing our future leaders in that direction. We are out to promote quality education, not beautiful schools. A school might be beautiful but it could lack the manpower to impart the right education in the pupils or students.”


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