By Oghenefego Obaebor
Chairman, Governing Board, Prudence Schools Yaba, Mr Joseph Babatunde has urged school owners to focus more on the academic quality of students above profit.
Babatunde who was group chairman of Ag Leventis also enjoined government to assist public schools to thrive academically, adding that our education standard has not fallen.
According to him, a lot of people especially governments run down public schools up to university level. He said: ‘’I don’t believe our standard of education is very low because I have had children that went to schools in this country who did well and went abroad and still did well.
‘’So when they say our standards are low, I don’t buy that. ‘’Everything you do requires improvement. ‘’Let the government improve their schools, encourage private sector to improve their own schools. If we help our children, they will do well.’’
He posited that school’s success was hinged on the personal attention to pupils and the emphasis on quality above profit.’’
He gave this charge at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Ikeja, Lagos during the school’s celebration of its SS3 pupils who cleared all their papers in the 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
Babatunde who lauded the school on quality, noted that the school has neither compromised on standard nor cut corners.
While explaining reasons the school has had very good results in the primary school in the last ten years and the five year old college recording 100 percent pass in WAEC, he said: ‘’The school offers an exclusive type of education of one teacher to one student.’’
His words: ‘’We don’t cut corners here and that has been what we emphasise to our parents. With my experience in the private sector, if you are not in a hurry to make money, you will not cut corners. ‘’Last year we presented nine children for WAEC. We were approached by other schools who wanted to join our children to sit for the examination but we turned them down because we cannot guarantee the type of education that the children have received in their schools.’’
On his part, the Aro of Egbaland,Chief Oluyinka Kufile who also chaired the occasion urged parents not to give up on Nigeria but train their children to believe in the country and work towards its development.