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Scholar blames declining standard on poverty


An educationist, Mrs Beatrice Ochi has identified poverty as a major factor limiting students’ progress in school.

Ochi, who retired as a principal five years ago, said her experiences on the job showed that most children are unable to actualise their academic potentials due to the inability of parents to meet their obligations.

“That is why we try to encourage the government to pay greater attention to education anywhere it is mentioned. Most parents cannot afford to keep their children in public not to talk of private schools, even when there is an indication that such children have the potentials to excel in their studies. So the implication is that the society is often not served the best because there could be one or two, who could not make it to school out of poverty but could have been wonderful if offered the opportunity”, she stated.

Ochi explained that she was moved into establishing a school after her retirement to bridge the yawning gap in the sector.

“I’m happy that I am helping in giving some of these children a future by ensuring that they pass through formal education, whether their parents have the resources or not.

On challenges facing the sector, she said, “Education is capital intensive; you have to buy books, computer and so many other things that will help impart knowledge. These children when you admit them, you find out that because things are very hard, parents cannot pay their school fees.

“Government should encourage private schools; make approval easy, and provide learning facilities to lift the education standard of education in the country. Anyhow you look at it, private institutions are contributing to development and molding of great leaders of tomorrow”, she said

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