Iman College wants government to tackle education deficits
Graduates 74 students
A Community founded School, Iman Comprehensive College, has urged the government to support private schools across the country, as this will arrest the impending collapse of the education sector.
Amuwo Odofin Muslim Community established the faith-based secondary school in 2009, to give students in low-income communities a high-quality education.
The school graduated 74 students, 22 from Juniour Secondary School (JSS) and 52 from Senior Secondary School (SSS) and a book was launched by the school, titled ‘Teens of Today’. An SS3 student of the school, Aliyya Olowolagba, authored the novel.
Speaking during the school’s 12th Valedictory Service/ Walimatul-Quran/ Book Launch and Prize Giving Day, the Chairman School Management Board, Alhaji Ishola Lemomu, said, the community established the school to provide qualitative education to children living in the community and also equip them with moral education and other necessary skills that will help them develop positive values and ideas.
“ Students of the school are well trained, despite being a community, the school’s O’level result is one of the best in the whole environment.”
The Vice-Chairman of the Board, Alhaja Ramotallai Olaniyan, urged Lagos State Government to assist private schools as they were burdened with so many challenges.
“The available public schools cannot cater for today’s children population. Students going to private schools are also citizens of Nigeria, and they equally deserve the right to quality education
“Private schools are helping the government because not all students can go to public school. The government should give students going to private school support because they are also citizens of the country.
She appealed to the government to subsidise private teachers’ salaries and also equip schools with educational materials as has been done to public schools and their teachers.
“ Private schools pay taxes to the government, with that government should carry private schools along with the public schools. For example, Eko Excel should also be extended to private schools to be on the same page with public schools.”
The guest speaker, Ahmed Oladimeji Olaleye, urged governments at all levels to urgently address critical issues in the education sector, warning that the collapse of education may lead to a failed nation.
“Any country that cannot successfully cater for education will not make meaningful progress in any area of human endeavour. The collapse of education is the collapse of the nation.
“Collapsing any nation does not require the use of atomic bombs or the use of long-range missiles. It only requires lowering the quality of education and allowing cheating in the examinations by the students.”
He urged school owners to endeavor to acquire necessary facilities for the smooth running of schools, as entrepreneurs have taken over education from educationists.
“It is a pity that schools are established by entrepreneurs now, entrepreneurs should try as much as possible to acquire a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) so that they will know what it takes to run a school system. So that they will be able to implement what they study in school.”