By Alade Aromashodu
Dr Olusegun Abayomi Mimiko, Executive Governor of Ondo State has reiterated that there is no gainsaying that education is by all standard the major pivot on which human development, national progress, scientific and technological growth, social and environmental development revolves.
Speaking at the 15th Graduation Award Ceremony of Babcock University High School, Ilisan, Ogun State, he expressed his delighted to participate in the discussion bordering on how political will could effectively address the problem of the decay in our contemporary educational system. He said there is no ground to contend the fact that education is very crucial to a productive human life because it is a systematic intellectual and moral training geared towards obtaining the development of character, mental power and qualities that will ensure human survival.
The governor stressed further that education is a key factor in the transformation of any society adding that: â€œthe yawning gap that exists between developed and developing nations is traceable in part to the quantum and quality of the human capital and enlightenment that exist within each nation.â€
Represented by Mr. Adeolu Frederick the Deputy Director, Secondary Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Ondo State, the governor stated that any society that toys with its educational system invariably toys with its future and destiny.
His words: â€œEducation as currently observed in our society has been grossly be-devilled with so much inadequacies, problems, difficulties, decadence, irregularities, abuse and the like to an extent of decay.
â€œExamination malpractices which involve all irregularities associated with proper evaluation of candidates at various levels of our educational development, close observation has revealed that the candidates, their schools, parentsâ€™ teachers, government and even the society are contributors to this ill.â€ He went on:
â€œExperience has shown that existing laws earlier enacted to combat examination malpractices have made prosecution difficult if not impossible. Principals, Teachers, Supervisors and others involved in malpractices escape justice because of the flaws in the existing laws.
â€œMost learning environments are not 21st Century compliant, the government through the School Based Management Committee, (SBMC), the Public Private Partnership (PPP) policies is addressing this problemâ€, Mimiko stated.
In his own submission, Prof. Kayode Makinde, President/Vice Chancellor of Babcock University who was represented by Senior Vice President/Deputy Vice Chancellor, Management Service, Babcock University, Prof. David Babalola said that Babcock University High School, was established because of the strong belief the founding fathers had in the philosophy of Adventist Christian Education.
He explained further in his speech entitled: â€œRebuilding the Nigerian Educational System: The Task for Christian Churchesâ€ that â€œChristian education is to restore in man the image of his master, and to bring him back to the perfection in which he was created.
â€œEvery human being created in the image of God, is endowed with a power akin to that of creation, individuality, power to think and do.
â€œIt is the work of true education to develop this power to train the youth to be thinkers, and not mere reflectors of other menâ€™s thought,â€ Prof. David Babalola said.
In his own word, the Principal of the school, Elder Timothy Adetayo, reiterated the unique feature of his school as the use of electronic learning systemâ€”e-learning which involves the use of interactive board, projector, computer system and megaphone.
He said students can learn faster and at their own pace adding, â€œlectures can be saved, notes can be copied, diagrams and other features can be downloaded and students can be linked to world wide web (www).