Catholic educationist tasks parents on children’s education
By Nosa Akenzua, Benin
A Catholic Reverend Sister, Gertrude Uloko, of the Sacred Heart Secondary School, Benin City, Edo State, on Tuesday, called on parents to be involved in the education process on the threshold of their children upbringing for a better nation.
Rev Sister Uloko, who spoke to our correspondent in Benin City, explained that parental upbringing remained important to predict the children’s performance in the domains of social development, academic performance and behavioural sphere.
She posited that, “parents have a greater role to play in the development and upbringing of their children. Therefore, they should be actively and adequately involved in their education. Parents must be interested and involved in the education of their children, knowing that their children stay in school more than at home.”
While urging parents to always attend Parents/Teachers’ Association (PTA) meetings, Rev. Sr. Uloko said: “It will help to reshape them in their contributions towards the development of the schools their children attend, quota and equally assess their performance in school daily, when they are sent to school and what they do in the school are known to the parents.”
On poor academic performances, Rev Sr Gertrude Uloko explained that, “the teachers are not magicians but they are only trying their best,” and further called on parents to know that both them and teachers had roles to ply in building and developing children toward sound nation building.
She said: ” We should blame poor performances of children on parents who do not show more interests in their children and their well-being. We have seen cases where parents don’t know what their children do in school and after school.
“We, at the Sacred Heart Secondary School, are very mindful of how we care about the students in our school. Many of the parents are very educated and they monitor their children very well, apart from the way the teachers do care for them,” disclosing that indiscipline among children had remained the bane of quality educational performance.
On insecurity, Rev Sr. Gertrude Uloko lamented the Increasing spate of insecurity laced with unbearable challenges in Nigeria.
“We are Just at the mercies of God. We have sinned against God. Our leaders are glaringly dishonest. We will continue to pray God to give us true leadership that will be disposed to the yearnings of the people. Imagine school children are no longer safe in the school because of gunmen and kidnappers. Nigeria is sliding,” she noted.
Lamenting the increasing unemployment rate, Rev Sr. Uloko said to reverse the trend, “I will suggest a restructuring of the economy by giving local government areas autonomy to enable them generate more revenues and create job opportunities.”
She added: “Monitor loans in the sense that such loans will be directed to the purpose for which the loans are given,” and called on President Mohammadu Buhari to intensify efforts in diversifying the nation’s already dwindled economy.