‘Repositioning education system will guarantee national development’

Maria Okechukwu,

Director of Mayfield Montessori Private School, Okota, Lagos, Mrs. Maria Oby Okechukwu, has called on policy makers to reposition the country’s education system, content and delivery so as to achieve a national development.

Speaking with The Guardian at the school’s “Read 2 Learn Programme,” launched recently, Okechukwu said effort should also be made to increase support for educational programmes, as doing so will increase literacy among the citizens.

She urged good spirited individuals and corporate organisations to help promote and sponsor educational programmes rather than entertainment, which according to her, promotes mediocrity over robust educational content.

She said: “No nation can succeed without massive investment in education. Education remains the best legacy that can be given to any individual and that is why we are striving to ensure quality delivery to our pupils. Policy makers in the education sector should therefore redesign the education content and delivery methodology so that our country can begin to reap the dividends of good education system.”

On the newly launched programme, she said that the school was making conscientious effort to vigorously encourage children to imbibe sound reading culture. She called on parents and teachers to join hands in developing ways to make reading attractive to pupils.

“The decline in the reading habit of children and the youths can be traced to their sudden dedication to social media platform which had negative impact on their personality, comportment and reasoning. In Mayfield, we buy gifts as incentives or rewards to children who can finish a reading task; this propels them to want to outshine others.

“Our main focus is on providing solid primary education such that when our children graduates and write exams for higher education they will always be on top. Our curriculum is tailored in such a way that each child is raised to stand out. We have periodic parent-teacher meeting to decide a number of things geared towards producing a total child,” she added.

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