‘Corruption, child negligence bane of education development’

DEAN, School of Secondary Education, Arts and Social Sciences programmes, Federal College of Education (Special) Oyo, Mr. Gabriel Bamikole, has observed that corruption and nonchalant attitude of parents towards education of their wards are major courses of education setback in Nigeria.

Mr. Bamikole made the observation on Monday during the opening ceremony of the 12th Annual National Conference of the school.

According to him, there is need to generate policy ideas that will assist the  federal government in its bid to reduce  corruption and all forms of indiscipline in both public and private sectors of the economy.

Speaking further, he said:  “The emphasis of the Change Agenda of the present administration should be on individual positive  attitudinal change towards   nation building and education development. The poor quality of   education in secondary school is a reflection of the serious problem facing primary school education in the country.

It is sad to note that the teaching and physical facilities in the Nigerian primary schools have been overstretched to accommodate the increasing numbers of users.  This explains the poor quality of secondary schools intakes and which invariable transfers to tertiary institution to produce unemployable graduates for the labour market.

“ Since it is obvious that government alone cannot fund education, parents and individuals, philanthropists should give their  support towards the  development of education,  especially at the primary and secondary school levels . If private schools thrive in Nigeria, there is no reason public schools should not thrive.