By Sam Eyoboka and Olayinka Latona
Worried by the continued decline in educational standards in the country, Prelate of Methodist Church Nigeria, His Eminence Sunday Ola Makinde has renewed call for the return of mission schools by state governments.
Making the call in an address to the fifth annual workshop organized for Principals and Vice Principals of Methodist High Schools in Nigeria held at Iperu-Remo, Ogun State, Makinde called on state governments yet to return mission schools, to do so without any further delay as this will have tremendous impact on the future on primary and secondary school education in the country.
In a statement made available by the church’s Media and Public Relations Officer, Reverend Oladapo Daramola, the prelate argued that the takeover of mission schools by governments had massive negative effect on the lives of many of today’s children since all they got was education without morals. In his own words, the prelate said: “One can easily trace back the beginning of the decay in our moral and social value system to the incursion of the past governments into primary and secondary education. Children were only receiving education without morals and the fear of God.”
According to him, the devastating effect of the takeover of mission schools from their original owners “on our national psyche is such that is still reverberating till date.
A lot of damage was done to education at that level, especially if one puts into consideration the fact that the formative stages of these children takes place in the primary and secondary schools.