July 25, 2013

Proprietor decries emphasis on theoretical education


Eminent educationist and Managing Director of Westminster College (WC), Lagos, Chief Johnson Barovbe, has berated the over emphasis on theoretical education in basic and tertiary teaching across schools in the country.

This, according to him,  largely contributes to the dwindling standards of the nation’s education sector, as many graduates who are never tutored on the nitty-gritty of the country’s everyday politics, end up becoming docile members of the society.

Speaking at the 11th Valedictory Service/Graduation of the College, where 37 students were graduated, Barovbe argued that rather than the continuous adoption of theoretical education, which involves the mere teaching of subjects such as Chemistry, Physics and others, educationists should ensure students who are teenagers are made to understand the nitty-gritty of everyday politics of the country.”

He said; “Apart from teaching the students Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and others, students who are 16 going on to 17 years, should understand the nitty-gritty of everyday politics of their country. In line with this onerous task, we at Westminster College, believe that our education system must not be limited to classroom theories. We encompass everything from politics to economy; social to cultural and Nigeria to world affairs. This is just a summary of what we do or what we call the Westminster College.”

This is even as Barovbe tasked the 2013 graduating students to at all times manage their priorities in life, noting that it determines the achievement of their purpose in life.

His words; “Please my students, manage your priorities. I sincerely want you to understand  how essential the principle of priority is to you in life. The choices you will make regarding how to use your time and where to put your resources have an enormous impact on whether you can achieve the purpose for which you were created.