An education administrator and Proprietress of Mummy’s Place International Nursery and Primary School, Akure, Ondo State, Dr. Damilola Oshin, has called on the stakeholders in the education sector in the country to take education more seriously.
She said education should not be seen as a business venture to make monetary gains but to be seen as a service rendered for the betterment of the society.
The administrator stated this in the school, in Akure, the state capital, while speaking after the school received an award as the winner of the Best Private School in Nigeria. It was gathered that the award was organised by the Federal Ministry of Education to commemorate the 2022 World Teachers’ Day celebration, in Abuja.
According to Oshin, education should be more of passion to add value and render services to the society rather than the general trend to make it a business venture.
She noted that the love for children always motivated the management team of the school to make lots of sacrifices to ensuring excellence and huge investment in infrastructure development.
She said, “Love helps the helpless to see that there is help somewhere. It is a very important aspect of humanity, children need loads of love and we should be there for them.
“Education services should not be business-oriented, it is a calling to nurture children, build them and get them to a place of independence. Education services must get to all strata of the economy.
“We’ve been trying to keep the standards, this year is just a year that we are recognised and we will just keep doing what we have been doing. They came from Abuja to look at our facilities and they were surprised, the children are neat, cultured and loving.
“We will continue to be focused and committed, we won’t relent to bring out the potentials in the students,” she said.
Decrying the dwindling level of educational standard and industrial actions in the country, the proprietress lamented that it was worrisome that these were happening in Nigeria.
“Every parent should be worried because of the ASUU strike, it is painful and worrisome to see that their education is affected because of strike.
“The only way is to continue to pray. Parents should get the children engaged in anyway because an idle hand is the devil’s workshop,” she opined
In her remarks, Director of Quality Assurance, Ondo State Ministry of Education, Mrs. Dunni Famewo, described the award as a well-deserved recognition for hard work and excellence, saying the school had made the state proud.