Enabulele charges private school owners to improve quality of education
Proprietors of private primary schools in Ovia South-West local government area have been charged to improve the quality of education they impact to the children in the LGA.
The Executive Chairman of LGA, Comrade Destiny Oghayerio Enabulele, gave the charge on Thursday, during a meeting with the proprietors and other stakeholders in the education sector of the LGA.
Present at the meeting were the the Chief Inspector of Education in the LGA, Mrs. Gladys Fred-Osunde, the Education Secretary of the local government area, Mrs. Ifueko Aiguobarueghian and owners of 18 of the 24 registered private primary schools in the LGA.
“The reason for this meeting is not to witch-hunt anybody. The purpose is to appeal to your inner mind to do the needful, because, at that level, you are grooming the future of this country. Any defect at that level cannot be corrected at the university or anywhere.
“Why we decided to pick interest in the education of our citizens is because our success as a local government depends on the quality of the citizens we produce. If we have a vibrant and informed citizenry, we will produce a vibrant and informed local government.
“We want to create the enabling environment for us to have more private schools. Let us know your challenges, we will look at it and see how we could intervene, so that you could strive to make an impact
“We will colaborate with the ministry of education and the local education board to see how we can revive extra curricular activities, in the areas of inter-school debate, essay writing and quiz competitions,” Enabulele said.
He bemoaned the situation whereby primary school pupils are already involved in cultism.
The Chief Inspector of Education in the LGA, Mrs. Gladys Fred-Osunde, gave assurances of her willingness to cooperate with all stakeholders to revamp education in the LGA.
“I assure you that we will work together, since you have the vision, to bring back extra curricular activities, to bring back old values again,” Fred-Osunde assured.
On her part, the Education Secretary of the local government area, Mrs. Ifueko Aiguobarueghian, lammented the many unregistered private schools operating in the area, adding that some of the proprietors of such schools do threaten her staff for daring to complain about the state of their schools.
“Whenever I go on monitoring and supervision, I see so many unregistered private schools in mushroom buildings like poultry,” she lammented.
Also speaking, Mr. Ofurie Godson, the proprietor of Gilgal Education Centre, Iguobazuwa, described the meeting as a “sooting balm” to the nerves of the private school owners, adding that it would motivate them to do better.
“We are also poised to ensure that we do the local government proud and we will also take the charge given to us by the Chairman seriously, to improve the quality of education in the local government area,” he said.
The Supervisor for Education, Miss Tessy Omoyemwen Ekhator, disclosed that the Council has concluded arrangements to commence monitoring of the over 30 private primary schools operating in the LGA.
A committee to be chaired by the Vice Chairman of the Council, Hon. Fred Aimienwanwu, was set up to investigate a private school currently operating at Udo in a very dangerous environment.
Also present at the meeting were Mr. Monday Osagunmwenwan who tutored Comrade Enabulele in primary 4 at Ozolua Model Primary School, Iguobazuwa, and Rev. Olubiyi Oluwajuoshin, who also tutored the wife of the Council boss from JSS 1 through SS 3, but are both private school owners today.
Highlight of the meeting was the presentation prizes to Master Solomon Wisdom, an SS 2 student of Gilgal Education Centre, Iguobazuwa, who won a trophy and a medal after coming 3rd in the essay writing competition organised by the State to mark this year’s Children Day celebration.
A meeting with head teachers of all primary schools in the LGA with the Council boss has been scheduled to hold next week.