‘Return Schools To Missions’

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The 1975/80 set of the Christ’s School, Ado-Ekiti has tasked the state government to return schools to missions.

Apart from the fact that they were the original owners of the schools, they were able to maintain standards while they ran the schools as against what currently obtains where most schools in the country are no longer habitable or conducive for learning purposes.

Speaking on behalf of the alumni association when it announced plans to revamp the school as part of the association’s 30th graduation anniversary, its President, Dr. Eniola Ajayi, further advised the government to enhance teachers’ salaries and earmark considerable amount for the funding of the education sector each year.

Dr. Ajayi, who said Christ School was 77 years old and a legacy worth preserving, also maintained that the school had structural defects with an environment not conducive for the students and teachers of the school.

He described the school’s teachers’ quarters as an eyesore adding in a bid to solve the myriad of problems facing the school; the association would use the anniversary to raise N300 million needed for the school’s facelift.

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“We are calling for help now, because we know we cannot do it alone and many hands make light work,” she said explaining that the amount because “the Ogunkua report estimates that at least that amount of money will be required to achieve a minimum state of real renewal in Christ’s School.”

She also said the event would be used to reward teachers who contributed to the growth of the set of students in the alumni. Principals of the school that has now been subdivided into four and their teachers who have excelled in the discharge of their duties would also be awarded, according to Ajayi.

She said the 30th anniversary of the alumni would commence with a fund raising dinner at the Events Centre on Hakeem Balogun Street, Ikeja Business District on 1 October, 2010 while the career talk for the students of the school and the award ceremony would hold at the school premises in Ado-Ekiti.

While calling on Nigerians and corporate organisations to come to the aid of the school, she also lamented that it lacked school buses. “The school libraries are still being revamped by the Atlanta Chapter of the alumni association. The living quarters of the teachers are deplorable,” she added.

—Eromosele Ebhomele

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