By Elizabeth Uwandu
Mrs. Ezinne Onoh, proprietress of ‘The Brains Premier School’, has stated that the disconnection which often follows the desire of a child to engage in academics and sports can be overcome if the government sets an enabling an environment that combines both activities.
Mrs Onoh who spoke at the maiden edition of sports festival for the school’s secondary section said students most times have to choice between academics and sports or risk been affected academically or emotionally when they chose both options.
According to her,” As a former long distance race athlete who represented Rivers State for a tournament. A move that made me leave school for two weeks. On return, I was asked to repeat some tests which should have been taken care of, and this affected my academics. After this experience, I quit sports despite my love for it and decided to face my books squarely.
“So, government needs to put things in place that will enable the synergy between sports and formal education.” Mrs Onoh reiterated.
She added that for a school that has maintained an unmatched record of 20 years in academic excellence and the promotion of extra-curricular activities, the pupils and students of Brains Premier School are trained in sports, vocational, music, dance among others.
According to her, “This is due to the fact that our school is not just about academics, but about nurturing the “total child” who can fit in any environment. She said.
Speaking on the need for a synergy between sports and academics, the Proprietress, explained, ”
Speaking of the benefits of sports, the chairman of the occasion Mr. Lawrence said the importance of sports in the life of growing children cannot be over-emphasized. While noting that sports if encouraged, can be a career for children, and promote their mental alertness and the development of the brain, he noted that “There is the need for the government to pay more attention to sports especially among children.
This is one area, Brains Premier is trying to bridge the gap by providing modern learning and extra-mural facilities to children. “The school has both indoor and outdoor sports centers and also a coach to train the students on various sporting activities, and the school hopes to take them out for competition with other students of other schools.” Nwogoh said.