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Stakeholders tasked on salvaging educational sector


No doubt, quality education is a veritable tool for national development due to the fact that what children achieve later in life is largely dependent on their foundation.

While the dwindling standard of education has become a major source of concern to stakeholders, they believe if nothing is drastically done to stem the trend, students coming out of the educational system may be ill-prepared for challenges of the future.

Sadly, latest reports show that in 2008, 2009 and 2010, the performances of Nigerian students in Senior Secondary School Examinations were 23, 21 and 20 percents respectively. On the average, about a quarter (22 percent) of students that sat for the examination obtained credit in five subjects including English and Mathematics during the three-year period.

With increased internet accessibility and proliferations of social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, MySpace, etc, these platforms have lately become tools for delinquencies through sharing of pornographic materials and engaging in unhealthy relations rather than being tools for social education, research and intellectual exchange.

In a bid to reverse this trend, Fidson Healthcare Plc has commenced the second season of the Astymin Brilliance Reward (ABR) - a platform designed by the company to celebrate the brilliance of children and support them in their pursuit of academic excellence.

In an interview with Business School, Ola Ijmakin, general manager, Marketing, Fidson Healthcare Plc, revealed that ABR was one of the ways the company is partnering primary schools in some western states of the country to reward outstanding students as this would make such students stay focused on their studies and work harder.

Ijmakin noted that while the inaugural edition of the programme held in July last year was successful, Fidson Healthcare Plc has continued to monitor and support the academic progress of the winners to ensure they remain focused on their studies.

“This year’s ARB will hold on the July 21, 2012 at Grange Schools, GRA, Ikeja and will bring together the best pupils from close to 200 primary schools from Lagos, Ogun and Oyo states.

The selection is done by the school as it selects the best graduating student; afterwards, the name is forwarded for rewards. We will be building on the success of the inaugural edition as this edition is not only bigger but promises to be better as educational materials required for secondary schools will also be distributed,” Ijmakin concluded.

Lending his view, Dimeji Oduyebo, Corporate Affairs manager, Fidson Healthcare Plc, stated that some parents have failed in their duty to support the education of their children and monitor their progress as they do not provide books and writing materials for their children.

The result, Oduyebo stated, is that some students attend school on alternate days because of the burden of the cost implication of going to school daily.

According to Oduyebo, “Many students do not see any reward in being hard working and diligent. Some are not even interested in education. They believe you can become prosperous without education. The societal vices of cutting corners and engaging in sharp practices are by no means limited to adults.”

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