The federal government has been advised to look into the falling standards of education in public schools in the country with a view to raising the bar in the interest of the future generations.
President of the Ikeja Aviation Lions Club, Engr. AbdulRamah Musa made this call while donating textbooks including English, Mathematics, Agriculture, Biology, Physics, story books among others to Primary, Junior and Senior Secondary Schools of Murtala Mohammad Airport.
According Musa, the falling standard of education in public schools was alarming and needed urgent attention of government. He called on them to face the challenges squarely, commending the government for opening schools in the country for the new acedemic session saying, it was the best decision to be taken.
On the donation of the books to the school, Musa who is also the HOD electrical MMIA said, it was their widow’s mite towards boosting the academic performance of the students. He said they were increasing the library of Mohammed Airport Schools with 70 textbooks richer with donations by the Ikeja Aviation Lions Club.
He added that this was also to equip the students in their studies and the teachers to give their best to the students.
According to him, whatever is within the aviation industry is part of their responsibility and to impact their environment through donations and other activities that will put smiles on the faces of all.
“And we are very happy in donating some books to them so that at the end of the day they will be able to impact their society.”
“We donated general books that are useful to everybody, story books, English, Mathematics and various other books that are very, very useful to them in their academic career.”
Engr. Musa promised that the club was ready to do more, adding that the students are the future and they must be fully equipped with knowledge for that tomorrow.
Guiding Lion of the Club, Engr. Teris Ihenacho called on parents to ensure they give their time to their children, monitor them to ensure they do not get involved in activities that would hamper their educational progression.
She urged parents to inculcate in their children, good morals and to watch their association, adding that the issue of cultism was becoming rampant in schools.
“We have to start from the family. The government also has a role to play but we as parents should teach our children how to behave very well in school, monitor them, make sure they are not involved in any cultism.”
On the role government should play, Engr. Ihenacho said, “the government should also engage the students meaningfully, put measures in place to curb cultism that has reared its ugly head in some schools now. Government should not handle it with kids glove. They should punish severely those involved in cultism to serve as a deterrent to others.”.
Also speaking, the first President of the club, Alhaji Yahaya Gusau said the donation was aimed at preparing the future of tomorrow today, adding that if this was not done, the future would be blink.
“Am very happy today, it is a very good one and as far as am concerned, we are at par with any Lions club in Nigeria”.
The Head Teacher of the MMA Secondary Schools, Mrs. Felicia Fatuade while receiving the donated textbooks said they were not surprised at the donations because the Lions Club have been involved in several activities in the schools.
She listed these activities to include tree planting, eye test for the teachers and giving of glasses and referrals to hospitals for further optical services.
Mrs. Fatuade applauded the club for boosting the academic status of the students.
“On behalf of Murtala Mohammed Airport Schools, the Board Chairman and the entire Management. We are saying thank you so much. We appreciate you. We pray that God will bless your efforts.”
The Club’s next activity in the month of October is eye screening for staff of the industry.
On a monthly basis, the Ikeja Aviation Lions Club engages in various activities as part of their contribution to the well being of the aviation family as well as the environment.
In the month of August, the Club embarked on the beautification of the environment with the planting of trees at the Hajj and Cargo terminal of the MMIA, Lagos.