Abebe seeks private sector partnership with government to improve education
The President, St. Gregory’s College Old Boys Association, John Abebe has posited that for education to move forward, the private sector and religious organisations must support the government.
Speaking to reporters at the 89th Founders Day of the school in Lagos, Abebe said education should not be left alone for the government to handle.
“The sector will move forward when government, private bodies and religious bodies all get involved, education should never be left for government alone to handle. It has been left in their hands for some time and they have failed.
“My message to members of the old boys, as I have always reiterated, is to be their brother’s keeper, and have love of each other.”
Abebe who commended the improved security situation in the school which he said was better than what it was 50 years ago when some of them were pupils, informed that the college is embarking on major building projects, which would have 12 laboratories, including laboratories for the sciences, English language, music, and French.
Administrator of the college, Rev. Father Emmanuel Ayeni, noted that some successes recorded by the school have been achieved through the efforts of its Board of Governors, the school’s management team, and the old boys, as well as, the teachers.
He advised government to take education seriously saying t is the heart and soul of every nation.
“If we are well educated, it would reflect in everything that we do. We will have a richer judiciary, legislature and executive. We must also work on quality assurance as it pertains to the curriculum because there are many things in the curriculum that are not in line with African culture, and the good of our nation. A lot of borrowed ideas are there and they have not been well vetted before we started teaching the students.”