Obasanjo, don canvass overhaul of education system

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

FORMER president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has canvassed for total overhaul of the nation’s education system, contending that unless the system was totally overhauled, the education system in the country would continue to dwindle.

Obasanjo gave the suggestion at the 18th Valedictory Service and Prize-Giving Day of Good Shepherd Schools held at Atan, Ota area of Ogun State.

This was just as a University don, Prof. ‘Supo Jegede, in his paper titled, “Changing the Nation: An Individual at a Time,” said there was need for every students to embrace change, stressing that positive change could be brought about by deliberate, consistent and focused action through proper articulation and visualisation.

Obasanjo, who was represented by his Chief of Staff (CoS), Deacon Victor Durodola, said there was need for total change in the country’s systems, including the education system.

“We need to overhaul the education system. Unless we overhaul our systems, we will continue to have problem. The education system is just one subset of the systems. Once we overhaul our entire system, every other system will fall in place,” Obasanjo said.

Speaking further, the former president, while lamenting the country’s value system, which he said had changed for the worse, said, “unless we come back to arrest our value system and bring it to a path of rectitude, then we cannot change the educational system for good.”

“But when we reorder the society, our value system is reordered and we reform all our weak institutions, everything will work well; the education system will also work well. It is because our system has crumbled that the education system is affected, it is a reflection of what the system has been all over the country.

“Once we are able to reform ourselves, make our institutions to be strong, then the education system will be strong,” former President Obasanjo contended.

On examination malpractice, Obasanjo said this was another form of corruption that must be tackled, noting that it had eaten deep in the fabric of the education system.

“Examination malpractice is a form of corruption and so it deserved to be treated with some forms of iron hand and that is the only way we can take care of it otherwise it will just continue like a wild fire and we need to arrest it,” he stated.

Obasanjo, however, urged the students to embrace change by being different from others.

According to him, doing so will make them to be different and will not follow the multitude to do evil.

“They have to be different and by being different, they make a wall of difference in that they will not follow the multitude to do evil. They will do things differently and not what the multitude is doing, then we can have a full change that we really need,” he said.

The University don, Jegede, who in his paper also tasked every student to embrace change, listed barriers to change to include distorted perception, interpretation barriers, vague strategic priorities, low motivation to change and lack of creative response.

He, however, expressed the belief that individual and collective change could lead to change in the education system, adding that when change reached greater scale, it made better impact.

“As individual, when change reaches greater scale, they contribute to population level changes. The individual impacts are the building blocks of community change, if they do not happen; it is unlikely that a community will improve,” he explained.

Director, Good Shepherd Schools, Dr Adebayo Oyeyemi, in his own remark, charged the graduating students to remain focus, work hard and strive to achieve their life’s dream of becoming great in the future, pointing out that the school had instilled the gems to succeed in them.