By Daniel Ayantoye
Parents and guardians have been warned against insulting comments on teachers while discharging their legitimate duties in the classroom.
The Proprietor of Ini-Oluwa Femi Group of Schools, Femi Adeyanju, who gave the warning while delivering his address during the 8th Graduation and Prize Giving Ceremony of the school at Gaa-Odota, Ilorin on Saturday, added that parents have major roles to play in the success of their wards.
According to him, some parents are fond of coming to school to challenge teachers for trying to instil discipline or knowledge in their children in the classroom. He further stated that the act of speaking ill of teachers in the presence of their children at home have resulted to disrespect for the teachers, a development that is capable of affecting the pupil’s attitude to education.
“We urge parents and guardians to desist from speaking ill of, or abusing the teachers of their children as if they are slaves. Such unkind words are causing disrespect and disobedience to teachers by pupils and students.
“When parents consistently find faults with the teacher’s actions in the presence of their children, then it becomes difficult to train, punish or inculcate knowledge in the pupils in the classroom and this is seriously affecting them in their attitude and academic performance.”
Adeyanju highlighted some of the achievements of the school in the 2017 academic calendar to include substantive approval of the primary and secondary wings as well as accreditation of the school for JSS 3 and NABTEB examination, the proprietor added that Ini-Oluwa is aiming to be one of the outstanding schools in the state.
Speaking, the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) Chairman who doubles as the Chairman of the occasion, Pastor C.O Afondiji, described teachers as those who shape the future of the pupils, adding that parents must continue to appreciate them for their roles.
He however urged parents to ensure prompt payment of their children’s school fees to avail the school the opportunity of operating without hitches.
‘Wisdom acquisition is a moral duty because it is only through continuous learning that you can add to mankind. I urged parents not to allow the current economic meltdown to affect their children’s education and career.”
Highlights of the event included Miss Ini-Oluwa completion, cultural dance, drama, news presentation and awards of prizes to the best, punctual and neatest pupils/students from each class and the graduands.