Alumni back return of schools to missionaries

Rotimi Ojomoyela




Th e Alumni of Christ’s School, Ado Ekiti, have thrown their weight behind the agitation for the return of schools to missionaries, describing the move as very critical to the development of the education sector

Governor Ayodele Fayose had last year promised to return some schools to missionaries, to ensure effective management and return of learning values and character known for the schools

Speaking at a press conference in Ado Ekiti yesterday, chairman of the 73-77 graduates of the school, Mr Lawal Jinadu, lamented the increasing spate of kidnapping, cultism and drug abuse in secondary schools across the nation in recent time

The set is to commission some projects, including ultra modern gate built for its alma mater to mark the 40th anniversary of their graduation while also promising support for the school skills and enterprise programme to empower the students

Jinadu commended the school for living up to the expectation of its performance in public examinations, West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and National Examinations Council (NECO)

He said the return of schools to their original owners would help in curtailing those social vices crippling education and reducing and reducing its standard in country

“Government is no longer comfortable managing schools alone, and that is why it is necessary for it to work with stakeholders to revive education

I believe the return of schools to missionaries will help, because they believe so well in boarding policy, which made it very easy for monitoring of students

“Students in mission schools often enjoy good moral upbringing apart from good academic culture

Th e system itself knew that there was a vacuum in the way the government has been managing of education and that was why we have private schools springing up to fill the gap,” he noted

He said government and private school owners must co-opt all critical stakeholders into the fight against drug abuse and cultism in schools, saying “it is dangerous to the future of Nigeria for secondary schools to get involved in all these



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