By Dayo Adesulu
Stakeholders at the second anniversary graduation of Yemsol Private schools, Egan, Lagos, have called for a total overhaul of school curriculum for both private and public schools in the country to reflect the current trends in the world with special emphasis on promoting the moral andÂ cultural values in the Nigerian youths, so as to be good and better citizens of Nigeria.
Speaking at the valedictory service, Chairman of the occasion and Managing Director, Peak Shipping Agency Limited, Mr. Adebayo Oyedokun who spoke through Pastor Oluwarunsola Victor maintained that until the Federal Government overhauled the current school curriculum and replace with the ones that will promote Nigeria moral and cultural value we may not get the best from our children.
Oyedokun decried what he called the unacceptable level of governmentâ€™s support and attention to the private schools in the county. He specifically lamented the deplorable state of roads to the school in the non urban areas and inadequate financial support as well as provision of other basic needs of the schools, and called for a change of attitude in the interest of the nation..
Oyedokun who expressed delight at the performance of the graduating students of Dansol schools in both academics and cultural displays commended the school management for its determination in raising the bar in inculcating good moral values into theÂ students, and expressed hope that the graduands would not disappoint their parents anywhere they may go.
Citing the words of St. Paul in the book of Philipians, the Chairman challenged parents to always ensure that they live exemplary life before their wards, so as not to misdirect their footsteps.
Moreover, the stakeholders noted that the governmentâ€™s attitude in recent times to private schools in terms of financial support and infrastructural development of the private schools left much to be desired.
In his welcome speech, the Proprietor of the school, Mr. Babajide Sunday also emphasized the need forÂ government attentionÂ to private schools because of the complementary role they play in the education of the youths.
He reiterated the importance of education to every Nigerian child and charged parents not to deny any child the opportunity of going to school irrespective of whatever challenge that may come their way.
The Proprietor advised parents not to push the blame of failure of students in schools on parents alone but to see themselves as integral part of the problem with a view toÂ eliminate it by inculcating high moral and ethical standards into their wards.
Mr. Sunday warned parents not to considerÂ the aesthetic outlook of schools and structures in selecting schools for their children but the quality of teachers and administrative skill of the management.
â€œEducation remains the best legacy we can ever give to our children, and no child should be denied of Western Education. It is our duty to train them and rekindle their interest in education so that they can become great leaders that will move the country forward,â€ he posited.
To the students, the Proprietor admonished them to seize the opportunity education provides for their lives,Â since it remains the only way they can achieve greatness in life. And to the graduands, he warned them not to rest on their oars butÂ be more focused and determined as they still have a lot of challenges still lying in their future endeavours.
â€œDear children, a lot still lies ahead of you to achieve. Therefore, donâ€™t rest on your oars, be more studious, make friends of your books and the word of God your daily companion and you shall never fail in life,â€ he admonished them.
He however, called on the government to vote more money into eductaional sector so as to enhance qualitative education that will bring about human capital for the development of the nation, and commended the Minister of Information and Communication, Prof. Dora Akunyili for taking steps to take her rebranding campaign to the secondary schools across the country.
Highlight of the event was various cultural display by different groups and presentation of prizes to best performing students of the schools.