Stake­hold­ers cau­tion par­ents on choice of ca­reer for their wards

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - EDUCATION - By Ke­hinde Olatunji

GEN­ERAL Man­ager Hu­man Re­sources, Se­plat Pe­tro­leum De­vel­op­ment Com­pany Plc, Alero Onosode has urged par­ents to al­low their chil­dren fol­low their pas­sion, say­ing this would have a pos­i­tive ef­fect on the to­tal de­vel­op­ment of the child. to en­able them achieve the de­sired goals.

Onosode who spoke at a breakfast meet­ing or­gan­ised by ‘Project school library,’ held at Sher­a­ton Ho­tel, Ikeja also en­joined par­ents to be open to learn­ing, ac­cept their mis­takes and ask for help from ap­pro­pri­ate places so as not to jeop­ar­dize the fu­ture of their wards.

At the event which held at Sher­a­ton ho­tel, Ikeja and tagged, ‘Look­ing for­ward,” Onosode said, “What is most im­por­tant as par­ents is that we recog­nise our role as guardians, we do not own them. Lots of chil­dren were seen ask­ing ques­tions about their par­ents try­ing to force them to do things. As par­ents, we should re­alise that our role is to help them be the best they could be.

“We should not leave ev­ery­thing to teach­ers; we have a role in shap­ing and pre­par­ing them for the world ahead and also en­cour­age them to ac­quire skills that will make them flour­ish.

She also tasked gov­ern­ment to see ed­u­ca­tion as a se­ri­ous business that would quicken the de­vel­op­ment of the na­tion.

“We have un­der­mined the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem a long time and it is so dis­heart­en­ing when we see li­braries with­out books and class­rooms with­out ma­te­ri­als, what are th­ese chil­dren sup­posed to learn? It is time to get back to real learn­ing, mak­ing sure that the re­sources are avail­able.

She also ad­vised that gov­ern­ment should part­ner with in­di­vid­u­als who have pas­sion for the sec­tor and for­mu­late poli­cies that will fur­ther en­cour­age them to con­trib­ute the over­all de­vel­op­ment of the sec­tor.

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