24th August, 2011
Poor economic situation in the country has been identified as cause for mass failure in the Senior Secondary School and other related examinations.
Director of Merit International Nursery and Primary School and Medal Merit High School, Igando, Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria, Funmilayo Ajayi, disclosed this during the schoolsâ€™ valedictory service/prize giving day recently.
According to her, â€œmass failure is experienced because of many factors, the major one being poverty. Many parents subject their children to series of hardship before going to school and when they get there, they are already tired and wonâ€™t be able to assimilate what they are being taught, while some donâ€™t even have parents and have to source for money by themselves to go to school.
â€œWe should not leave everything to government alone but all hands must be on deck to ensure change in the education sector.â€
Ajayi also appealed to government to assist approved private institutions to raise the standard of education, noting that most private schools go through hell while registering their students for external examinations.
According to her, the fee usually demanded from private school owners by government before they are allowed to register for SSCE, WASCE and other similar examinations was too high and must be addressed.
â€œThe best of education is not supposed to be for the rich alone and efforts should be made to address the fate of other children on the streets who are supposed to be in school but because the public schools are congested in some areas,â€ Ajayi stressed, while urging parents not to relent in building a solid foundation for the future of their children by giving them qualitative education.
â€œIn Medal Merit, we have produced professionals through our qualitative system of teaching and we will not relent in our effort in producing more intelligent students that will change the society for the better,â€ she enthused.