Ogun State Government has identified parents and caregivers as the major component in the educational development of children.
Speaking in Abeokuta during the Official Inauguration of Ogun State Stakeholders Committee on Enrolment Drive, organised by the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), in conjunction with Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Abuja, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary and Secondary Education, Mrs. Ronke Soyombo, said parents should do more by giving moral support and core value to their children.
Mrs. Soyombo, while lamenting negligence of parents to children’s poor academic performance, promised continuous intervention of the State government towards ensuring standard and restoring discipline back to schools.
“Unconsciously, some parents have acted well, while some of them have not lived up to expectations. Parents should add value to their children, they should give moral support and train them as well.
“All Stakeholders in education needs to wake up, we must rally round and work together to chart a way forward. We need to do more on both curricular and extracurricular activities, we need to bring back discipline, we need to support and encourage our teachers, for them to get better, if we do these, enrolment into public schools will definitely improve”, she submitted.
In her goodwill message, the UBEC representative, Mrs. Osas Kingsley-Odia, expressed delight for the programme, which she noted would effect adequate enrolment of pupils in primary schools, thereby controlling the rate of out of school children in the State.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Board Secretary, Ogun SUBEB, Mr. Olamilekan Kuye enjoined members of the committee to embark on efficient sensitisation of parents in order to improve enrollment drive, as schools were about to re-open after Covid-19 lockdown.
Speaking, the Chairman Caretaker Committee, Abeokuta North Local Government, Prince Tunde Tella, represented by the Secretary to the Local Government, Mr. Tayelolu Egbeyemi, submitted that the only anti-dote against low enrolment rate includes and not limited to; improved standards, conducive learning environment and moderate classroom attendance, saying ‘’anything short of these will make the problems persist’’.
Also speaking, the State PTA Chairman, Rev. Folorunso and a Muslim Cleric, Ustaz Abdulazeez Adebayo, said for public schools’ enrolment to get better, value of education must be entrenched in the minds of the parents, enjoining people to join hands with Prince Dapo Abiodun led-administration in the State, in optimising the standards.