An education expert and principal of Ray-field International schools, Mr. John Bassey, has called for a higher budgetary allocation and rejigging of the curriculum in public schools across the country.
He called on governments at all levels to borrow ideas from the operators of private schools to restructure the public school system in order to save it from imminent collapse.
Bassey made this call during the 2021 matriculation/graduation and prize-giving ceremonies of the institution with the theme: “The 21st Century Education: A tool in Addressing Emerging Global Issues,” held at the school auditorium at Nsukara Offot Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
According to him, this advocacy has become necessary because of the dwindling educational output of public schools across Nigeria, stressing that all hands must be on deck to salvage the dire situation.
Dwelling on the theme of the event, he said education in the 21st century was a potent tool in tackling emerging global issues, recalling that, the Covid-19 pandemic which brought about unexpected lockdown in the country did not totally halt learning in the private schools, as some schools were able to connect with students online.
His words, “to save education especially in the public schools from total collapse, the government must make more budgetary provisions to the sector, they should borrow ideas from private school operators, how they teach and mold quality students. They should even call some educationists in the private schools to help them restructure the educational system in public schools so that it would be at the same level as the private schools. I tell you, where education will take us to in this country we are yet to see it.
“In our school, we introduced so many things in our curriculum; we broke down Mathematics into Algebra, Arithmetic, and Geometry. Also in the English language, we broke it down to Essay, Oral and Grammar so that students can interface with different teachers in different disciplines of the same subject and have a full grasp of the subjects.
“Education is going away from theories to practicals, therefore the government should equip all the laboratories to match with those in the private schools.”
He however urged the graduating students to be worthy ambassadors of the school and put all the vocational and educational learnings garnered in the school into use in their subsequent endeavors while solving emerging problems in the society.
The Director of the School Mr. Aniekan Edem, reminded the Graduates that their destiny is in their hands as they only can write their stories. He charged them to be good representatives of the School through their deeds and character, urging them to always allow the Holy Spirit to guide them as they aspire for excellence.
Earlier, the State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Idongesit Etiebet, who was represented by Roseline Mfon, said Governor Udom Emmanuel was passionate about the education of every Akwa Ibom child and urged the graduating students to build their career path on the solid foundation gotten from their alma mater even as she warned them against cultism and other vices as they gain admission into higher institutions.
Meanwhile, the 2021 best graduating student, Ating David Ekpe, attributed his success to hard work and urged younger students to put more effort in their studies.
The highpoint of the event was the presentation of awards/prizes to the deserving graduands.