From Francis Nansak, Lafia
Parents who have their children in private schools have called for more funding of public schools in Nasarawa State.
Some of the parents, who spoke at the graduation ceremony of World Prestige Academy Lafia, said the inability of government to properly fund public schools has resulted in a major setback for the nation’s education sector.
One of the parents, Mrs. Victorial Tanko, said private schools are now providing more quality education, hence, their increasing patronage.
According to her, in spite of the fact that Nasarawa State government is offering free education, more still need to be done, even as she blamed the Federal Government for not properly prioritising the development of the sector.
On her part, Mrs. Abigail John said the preference for private schools for her children was not unconnected to the intensive and quality care given to them in class as well as the discipline, which continue to impact tremendously in their behaviours and communication skills.
She, however, added that though most of the teachers in public schools are qualified, the lack of proper care and poor welfare often resulted in them not giving their best in school.
“Some of the public schools are not furnished, teaching materials are lacking and the teachers have no conducive environments. But in private schools, a teacher knows that he or she must be in class and ensure that the scheme of work , the register is properly followed if at the end of the month he expects to be paid,” she said.
Also speaking, Coordinator of World Prestige Acadamy, Mrs Mary Oboshi, who spoke on behalf of the proprietor, Mr. Festus Umbugala , said the school was established four years ago with 13 pupils and 7 students as well as 20 teaching staff that are degree and National Certificate of Education (NCE) holders , adding that the institution can now boast of 160 persons from its nursery , primary to secondary levels.
According to her, in the four years of its operation as an academic learning establishment, the school was graduating seven pupils from its primary school, 12 in nursery and 18 students who have completed their junior secondary school examination.
“We are optimistic of enrolling more students based on our performance as an institution of learning, couple with the support we get from our proprietor, who has always stressed on the issue of excellence,” she said.