Ekiti State Deputy Governor Prof Modupe Adelabu has identified education as the best legacy parents should strive to give to their children. She described all other things as secondary.
She gave the wake-up call in her remark at the 3rd edition of the Reading Parents Initiative Programme held at Holy Trinity Primary School and St. Stephen’s Primary School, Ilawe-Ekiti.
The deputy governor spoke after inspecting parents, including Lagos lawyer Femi Falana, Bishop of Ekiti Catholic Diocese, Rev Fr. Felix Ajakaye and Alawe monarch, Oba Adebanji Alabi, among others, who taught pupils for 35 minutes.
Prof. Adelabu said the administration of Governor Kayode Fayemi considers education as critical to development, hence its relentless efforts at reviving education in the state.
The Reading Parents Programme, which is aimed at resuscitating the reading culture among pupils, is one of the avenues being used by the government, the deputy governor said.
Stressing the need for parents to set aside time to check the children’s school work and supervise their assignments at home, She urged parents not to leave their children education to teachers alone because children spend more time with their parents at home than the teachers at school.
She also stressed the need for educated parents to regularly visit schools to read and teach the pupils noting that the pupils are not only happy but motivated and more receptive seeing familiar faces, especially that of their parents in their school.
Prof Adelabu, who urged wealthy parents and philanthropic individuals to donate dictionaries to schools, the deputy governor reiterated that the government will continue to provide instructional materials, infrastructures necessary for conducive learning and incentives to motivate teachers so that education will regain its dwindle glory.
Other parents who taught the pupils include: the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Gender Empowerment, Mrs. Fola-Richie Adeusi; the State Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Chairman, Comrade Kayode Akosile and the Ekiti South West Local Government Caretaker Committee Chairman, Oluyemi Alatise among others.
Later at the Village Square Meeting held at Oju Alawe, in front of the Alawe’s Palace, the deputy governor and some dignitaries form Ekiti Southwest Local Government Area took turns to address the parents on the dangers in child abuse and their failure to give their children good education.
Last modified: July 29, 2013