We won’t compromise our high standards – Deeper Life School
Deeper Life High School, Nteje in Oyi local government area of Anambra state has lamented over the declining standard of education in the country, canvassing for dynamic approach by governments at all levels to ensure quality learning that guaranteed sound future and hope for the youths of the nation.
The principal of the school, Mr. Sunday Okoro who stated this on Thursday in a press briefing, said the 11-year-old school had produced future leaders as a result of its emphasis on standards, including zero tolerance to indiscipline, cultism and examination malpractices.
He said the school could go to any length to ensure their students excelled in their students, including payment of fines charged by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) to schools who were unable to meet with the required number of students to sit for its examinations.
He added, “The background we provide for the students is such that once you’re not willing to study no one can assist you in the exam hall. Initially they saw it as wickedness until they gained entrance into tertiary institutions.
“Even if it’s only six students we have in JS1, we take that number to SS3. We don’t even mind if they drop to two students. We’re ready to pay fine of 30k to WAEC for not producing up to 25 students, instead of compromising standards by merging them with other students from another school.
“Right from the onset, we’ve been paying that fee. That’s to tell you the level of academic training we offer our students. In this school, we have three major things we don’t joke with – we worship God, we eat and we read. These are our 3-point agenda.
“We started with only 13 students and six educators. But today, we’re 166 students and 22 educators. We’ve made remarkable marks, academically and morally. We had our first graduands in 2016, with excellent results in WAEC and NECO, yet without exam malpractices.
“There’s no cultism at all here. Even if you come from occultic family, once you’re admitted, we carry your head and put it on the bible. We’ll conduct prayers for such persons.
“Most of them that were wayward when they came, got transformed. Each time we’re giving reports to Pastor Kumuyi, he’s always happy. And we the teachers are happy too.”
Okoro, however, decried the deplorable condition of the road leading to the school, calling for the intervention of the state government.
He said the road which remained the only access to the school was undergoing construction before it was abandoned by the contractor.
He regretted that the deplorable road had impeded academic activities as well as vehicular movements of both staff of the institution and visitors accessing the school.
He said, “Construction work was initially going on the road before it was abandoned. We appeal to the state governor, Dr Willie Obiano, to help in completing the work on the access road.”