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Policy somersault, poor remuneration, hurting education, says principal

By Sunday Aikulola
21 July 2016   |   1:59 am
Inadequate funding, indiscipline, frequent policy changes and miserable remuneration are some of the factors militating against the progress of the education sector in the country ...
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Inadequate funding, indiscipline, frequent policy changes and miserable remuneration are some of the factors militating against the progress of the education sector in the country, so says Principal, Bishop Howells Memorial Grammar School, Bariga, Lagos State, Rev. Osunyomi Bamidele.

Speaking during the 2016 valedictory service/prize giving ceremony, Bamidele, who expressed deep concerns over state of education said, “The Nigerian education sector has been bedeviled with poor funding, frequent policy changes due to politics, miserable remuneration for teachers, low teacher qualification, deplorable infrastructure, different kinds of grafts as well as decrepit and inadequate learning facilities. This deplorable and shameful situation has led to a state   where the certificates issued by our educational institutions are no longer accredited and accepted by foreign universities.

‘Why should there be two parallel examination body, the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) and the National Examination Council (NECO) conducting the same type of examination for the same level of students within the same academic session making it difficult to maintain standards at the same level. There is need for a rethink.

As a way out, he said ‘In order to ameliorate these problems with the aims of providing workable solution, we recommend that the government at all levels should provide the missing link by providing workable solution. The various educational infrastructure or facilities should be expanded to accommodate the teeming populace yearning for qualitative education. The government should demonstrate enough political will in funding education or at least 5% of the GDP.

‘Adequate remuneration should be given to the teachers in comparison to their counterparts holding political offices. The public private sector initiative should be rigorously pursued and foolproof checks should be in place to block all the avenues through which education allocation are frittered away.”

He further gave seven principles of success to the graduating students. These are: personal initiative, self discipline, creative vision, organized thinking, controlled attention, budgeting of time and money and enthusiasm towards set objectives.

On his part, The Executive Secretary Lagos Anglican Schools Management Board, Venerable Victor Ayo Olusa also urged the students to display high sense of integrity wherever they find themselves. He further urged them to always think big and aim high.