The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said that the presidency was working towards stabilising the educational system to get parents retaining their children to learn in the country’s tertiary institutions.
Shehu said this on the sideline of the 11th Graduation Ceremony of Glisten International Academy, in Abuja on Saturday.
The theme of the ceremony is ” “Exponential Visibility: Breaking the Glass Ceiling.
The special assistant whose son is also graduating from the school, advised the students to make good use of their studies“For the graduating students, I want to say that they have a major decision to make which is going to the next level in their education pursuit .
“You can see that a lot of foreign institutions are extending invitation to the students at discounted rate to study oversees .
” I will say that Nigerian Universities are equally as good and even better and we are hoping that we will be able to stabilise the university education in the country so that parents don’t have to pay exorbitantly to educate their children abroad.
“University education in Nigeria should be the best for our children,” he said.
Shehu, while reacting to the recent extension of the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) by one month, called on parents to join the government in begging the union to return to classroom.
” It came like a bolt in the sky.
We are shocked because it came at a time the president is giving full commitment to resolving the ASUU strike and having the students and teachers back in the school.
” The extension, I believe should not have been done because the spirit at which the government now is trying to resolve the problems of ASUU is such that there should also be a benefit of doubt in favour of the government on the part of ASUU,” he said.
He, therefore, hoped that early resolution would be done so that normalcy would return, saying the lecturers could return to classroom while discussions on their issues could proceed.
“The strike is unnecessarily extended and this should not have been the case.
“I want to advise parents to join government in begging ASUU to end this strike as the government is doing its part and parents are worried and they should start talking to ASUU,” he added.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the school, Hajia Samira Jibir, said it was high time schools embraced technology as a medium of teaching.
Jibir advised the students to go out and shine to a brighter future as well as for them to value yourselves, immediate society and the world at large.
” If we are to get it right, then as stated by JohnDewey, ‘If we are to teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.
”“Our today is ruled by technology, we then must embrace and adapt to technological based education,” she said.
Also, the Chief Education Management Professional of the school, Mr Charles Eneh, said that the cognitive and inclusive learning method used by the school distinguished it among group of schools in the country.
Eneh said that the school had experienced graduation in the past 11 years and as such, recorded improvements in its operations.
“It has been something that one can remember and I must tell you it’s been improving from year to year.
” Every year, there is something new and the quality of students we are producing is all about improvement.
“In Glisten International Academy, it’s not just the cognitive we look at, the psychomotor are also given importance.
I must tell you, we operate an inclusive school, we practise differentiated learning and we make the students to think critically and bring out something.
The Chief Care Professional, Mrs Prisca Godwill said that the school monitored its academic progress when they left the country to acquire additional certificates and skills.
Goodwill said that the students also returned to the country after their studies oversea to contribute to the development of the country.
” Most times when they leave the shores of the country, we have the alumni association so with this group, we actually monitor the progress of the students.
” One way or the other, we have what we call progress report and sometimes we get feedback from schools, calling directly and the response we get has been amazing,” she said.
Some of the best graduating students expressed their joy as they were being called out to receive awards for their outstanding performances throughout their time in school.
Mr Ahmed Khalifa, the overall best graduating student, thanked those that played one role or the other in the realisation of his success.
” I am honoured for the opportunity I have gotten from everyone, both my parents, the management and staff of the school to the stage that we are.
” And we hope that in the higher institutions we will be able to manifest and become who we wish to be tomorrow,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Aasiya Siddiqui and Jemimah Oshadami came second and third respectively in the overall category.
Some tertiary institutions such as the Philomath University Abuja, Canadian University, Dubai, American University, among others have offered scholarships to students of the school based on percentage.
The Executive Director, Glisten International Academy, Mr Abba Saidu, has called on the Federal Government to focus more on standadised education to give leeway to students in the phase of insecurity.
Saidu was speaking in Abuja on the sideline of the graduation ceremony, prize and award presentation of the school.
The theme of the ceremony is tagged ” Exponential Visibility: Breaking the Glass Ceiling.
He said that the insecurity in the country had resulted into the shut down of schools, while calling for alternative options of learning online to keep students abreast of knowledge.
According to him, we all have to stand up and say no to insecurity.
I think enough is enough.
We are tired of all these things and we cannot continue like this.
” For those that are fortunate and are quite rich, their kids can afford to go to school anywhere but here why can’t we have education.
Education should not just be when school is opened, we can go online.
” Our government should make it a policy on high bred schools , it is high time we all woke up whether there is ASUU strike or not, there should be people that are willing to provide right education to the people .
” It is high time we focused our minds and redirect ourselves to know that we can still learn, especially with the internet but we can standadise all these things.
” If government can focus and have a standardised education so that people can have a curriculum and still learn without being tutored,” he said.
He advised the graduands to remain resilience and be communicative to have more 21st century skills to navigate the present challenging time.
Also, the Chief Care Professional of the school, Mrs Prisca Godwill , who said that the school graduated 83 pupils both in the early years and basic class, advised them to remain focused and determined to achieve their goals.
Godwill said that insecurity had limited physical interaction of students and as such hindered the social lives of the students.
” The security situation is really sad because I remembered in our days, we had peace all round and it did have an effect on our educational system that is socially.
‘ Now, technology has made it a bit easy that people can even learn from home and anywhere they are.
During the COVID, we have students that were learning online and In Glisten, we don’t have that problem.
” Socially, the children need to interact with one another and so they are being denied this opportunity and you know they learn from each other as no one is a custodian of knowledge.
So, that aspect of life is taken away from our children.
” It is very sad our country is going through security problems, I do hope that the government will be able to proffer a solution to actually address the security issues to bring the children back to the four walls of the classroom,” she said.
Some of the students who also spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) were filled with joy as they celebrate their last day in school with other friends.
A year six student of the school, Sskina Mustapha, promised to do better academically throughout her secondary education.
” I have experienced a lot of difficult tasks in my primary school days but I passed them.
I intend to achieve all my grades and get things right in my future endeavour,” she said.
Also, Mr Ananze Pwasolve, promised to continue to make his parent proud as he transit into secondary school.
” It has been very good and full of enjoyment learning and I made many friends throughout.
I want to be someone great in the future so I can make my parent proud,” he said.
Highlights of the ceremony witnessed award presentation to outstanding performances for the academy year and also a dinner for the JSS 3 students of the school.
Fatimah Bello clinched the overall best in the year six, while Williams Dunu and Hamza Abubakar came second and third position respectively.