Association tasks government on qualitative education in Nigeria
The government has been called upon to deal with all the demerits bedeviling education at secondary and tertiary levels in the country and go back to quality education that Nigeria was known for.
The call was made by the President, Ijebu Muslim College Old Students’ Association (IMCOSA SET 62 – 68), Ademola Shote, at the diamond anniversary celebration of the association which took place at the Knowledge Hall of Ijebu Muslim College, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.
Shote, who decried the falling standard of education in secondary schools, especially at state government schools, lamented the situation whereby the vogue now is mass admission into secondary schools without the usual proper scrutiny coupled with mass promotion to higher classes as opposed to what it used to be, adding that, unambiguously, the standard of education has fallen.
“In our days, students were admitted into secondary schools on merit unlike these days that they are being pushed, which has relegated quality of education to the background. There was also competition to higher classes as opposed to mass promotion of these days.
“We need to change the current system of mass admission, mass promotion and our orientation with a view to reviving the standard of education the country was known for which brought students from developed countries to our institutions in Nigeria,” he said.
Shote, who also took a swipe at parents for encouraging their wards to cheat, emphasised the need for government to fund education, go back to the lost standard and encourage parents who prefer to send their children to private secondary schools where they believe they would get the best for their children.
Chairman, Publicity Committee and Past National President, IMCOSA, Past President, IMCOSA Set 62 – 68, Ahmed Olugbenga Lawal, seized the occasion to call government and members of ASUU to come together and reach a compromise for the sake of the students who are being made idle, adding that both parties should save the students from being victims of the adage that ‘an idle hand is the devil’s’ workshop.
He described the prolonged ASUU strike as an unfortunate development.
Lawal premised the effort of the association on improving educational standard in the college, disclosing that IMCOSA has spent millions of naira for the development of the college.
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