Teach­ers help stu­dents to cheat in ex­ams- pro­pri­etress

Daily Trust - - EDUCATION - By Ab­dul­la­teef Salau

What are the is­sues and chal­lenges of run­ning pri­vate school?

Fol­low­ing the fall in the stan­dard of public schools in Nige­ria, many pri­vate schools sprang up to re­sus­ci­tate ed­u­ca­tion but not all could sur­vive due to cost of man­age­ment. Run­ning pri­vate school is cap­i­tal in­ten­sive and school own­ers in­vest heav­ily on the es­tab­lish­ment of school to en­sure a high stan­dard. Although, pri­vate schools are mostly seen as money-mak­ing ven­tures, not all are re­ally mak­ing the money. Since in­cep­tion of Ex­cel­lent Kid­dies Montes­sori Academy ten years ago, we haven’t made huge prof­its. All the money we make is what we use to run the school. School with­out ad­e­quate fund­ing will def­i­nitely shut down. So, fund­ing Mrs. Christy Esosa Imu­dia the pro­pri­etress of Ex­cel­lent Kid­dies Montes­sori Academy, Bwari, Abuja said in this in­ter­view some schools covertly as­sist their stu­dents to cheat in ex­ams. is cen­tral to the es­tab­lish­ment and sus­te­nance of pri­vate school. Land ac­qui­si­tion is also a se­ri­ous prob­lem. The pol­icy says a school should have a size­able land to run. Most school pro­pri­etors buy land from third party (those who have ac­quired the land) and the price is al­ways high and with­out Cer­tifi­cate of Oc­cu­pancy. It’s a big chal­lenge but we have crossed the hur­dle. We have ac­quired about half-hectare land and it had been de­vel­oped. Another chal­lenge is multi tax­a­tion. We have ed­u­ca­tion levy, busi­ness premises charges, sign­board and mo­bile ad­vert charges etc. All these, among oth­ers, are is­sues that af­fect the run­ning of pri­vate school.

Most pri­vate schools face the chal­lenge of get­ting ad­e­quate and qual­i­fied man­power to run school. How do you man­age this?

Truly, get­ting per­son­nel to run a school is a se­ri­ous chal­lenge. Those who are qual­i­fied to teach are few. Some grad­u­ates can­not even com­mu­ni­cate in English lan­guage very well. If we in­vite about 40 can­di­dates for in­ter­views, we hardly get good five that meet up with stan­dard. A grad­u­ate with sec­ond class lower or even third class on merit is qual­i­fied to teach but many of these grad­u­ates don’t get their cer­tifi­cate on merit, they cut corners. Although, the is­sue of hav­ing half-baked grad­u­ate does not start from the ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions, it starts from the foun­da­tion – pri­mary and sec­ondary schools. Overtime, the cracks will be widen­ing. What we usu­ally do is to in­vite many peo­ple for in­ter­view and se­lect the best ones among them af­ter thor­ough screen­ing.

Some schools, both public and pri­vate, covertly en­gage in ex­am­i­na­tion mal­prac­tice to en­sure that their stu­dents get good re­sults. This act is not only af­fect­ing stu­dents’ in­tel­lec­tual de­vel­op­ment but also pro­duce for the so­ci­ety some­body who is not com­pe­tent for what­ever cer­tifi­cate he’s go­ing to hold. School own­ers should do all what it takes to pre­pare their stu­dents up to a suit­able stan­dard. School can­not han­dle the chal­lenge alone; par­ents also have a lot to do in ad­dress­ing the prob­lem. A num­ber of par­ents be­lieve that their chil­dren can­not pass any ex­ter­nal exam with­out be­ing helped. This is a wrong per­cep­tion. They should al­low them write their ex­ams. Fail­ure

Mrs. Christy Esosa Imu­dia

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