Parents reject results delivery via SMS


The Parents/Teaches Association (PTA) of Federal Government Girls College, Bauchi, on Saturday rejected proposals by the school’s management to be send to them directly, the results of their wards through mobile phones.

Introducing the plan during a meeting of the association, the school’s examination officer, Obu Godpower, explained that such arrangement became necessary following complaints from some parents that their wards do not present their report cards.

According to him, sending reports to parents through SMS, if introduced, will address the problem.

“If agreed, parents would receive their children’s continues assessments score, examination score in all subject every term at just N300.

“As such, whether a student brings his result home or not, parent will receive same directly in their handset via SMS”.

Godpower said that the plan would also provide parents, access to the school website where they could view the detail performance of their children.

He explained that the company that was contacted to provide the service, requested for N500 per students, but after intense negotiations, accepted N300.

He said that currently, the school had contracted an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) firm that prepared all the school’s results, adding that it was very effective.

“The world is being driven by Information and Communication Technology and we must move along with it or be left behind,” he said

NAN however reports that after intense debate, the matter was subjected to voting and was rejected by the parents.

The parents were also divided on the issue of whether or not, ‘hijab’ be introduced as part of the school uniform.

A parent, Mr Elisha Bulus, argued that it would divide the students along religious lines, thereby exposing them to all kinds of religious prejudice.

Another parent, Malam Umar Jaja, however argued that the plan was a welcome idea considering the high rate of rape in the society, adding that the hijab would help cover sensitive parts of the girl’s body as most of them were approaching puberty.

After heated debate, the parents could not reach conclusion and therefore adjourned deliberations on the matter to a yet-to-be fixed day.