An Educationist, Mrs Olajumoke Akere, has said hailed the partnership between government and private education sector, saying it has helped in raising the bar of education in Nigeria.
Akere stated this while speaking at the Valedictory Service of JSAY Prevarsity in Ibadan, on Monday.
She lauded the partnership of the private sector with government in ensuring that candidates aspiring to gain admission into tertiary institutions were able to do so.
“Considering the large number of students who fail JAMB every year, and by so doing, are denied the opportunity of attaining tertiary education, the private sector has been able to bridge this gap by tutoring them, and the result is there to show.
“We have helped many students to effectively manage the transition from secondary school to higher institutions,” she said.
According to her, the private education sector is helping secondary school leavers to attain requisite knowledge that will help them pass various local and international qualifying examinations.
Akere also said that social vices could be reduced to the barest minimum, if the education sector was made to function at optimum capacity.
“Government cannot do it all, hence the need for more collaboration from the private sector in ensuring that our youths are educated.
“They form the largest percentage of our population; so it is paramount that they are fully engaged to secure the future of this nation,” she said.
Akere, who spoke on the theme: ‘Press Forward’, urged the graduands to strive for excellence in the next phase of their academic pursuits.
“You have to continue in the culture of excellence which you have learnt here. Nothing comes on a platter of gold; so read your books and work hard to be the best in life.
“I am certain that you have the capacity to be the best, as you pursue your dreams and goals of making your parents and the country proud,” she said.
In his address, Mr Ayoade Olayiwola, the Programme Officer of the school, enjoined the graduands to continue to being a blessing to others.
“Keep your dreams and goals right before you; fully harness your potentials; be the very best of yourselves, knowing that you are uniquely made and gifted by God.
“Watch your associations too; steer clear of friends with no value and sense of direction and those with no morals to emulate.
“Remember, man is a product of influence; ensure you keep the right influence around you,” Olayiwola said.
Edited by Moses Solanke