Parents and guardians have been charged to send their children and wards to schools rather than engage them in street hawking and other forms of trade which is inimical to the total development of the child.
Making the plea last week at the 2009/2010 end of year sendforth party for out-going SS3 students of Total Victory College, Ogbunabali, in Port Harcourt, Rev. Robert Okparanta appealed to the school authorities not to relent in their efforts in making good citizens out of her students’ population.
While advising the out-going students to be good ambassadors of the school, Rev. Okparanta who was chairman at the event implored the students to have the fear of God in all their educational endeavours in the future.
Earlier in an address of welcome, the Principal of the school Mr. Linus Onwumere, explained that one of the objectives for the establishment of the school was to encourage and promote sound and quality academic standard with emphasis on high moral and excellent values.
The principal stressed that it was the desire of the school to provide her students “with the best in terms of teaching and learning in a relaxed and conducive environment with minimum and optimal costs to parents and other stakeholders”.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after the event the proprietress of the school, Mrs. Elizabeth Amachreee said that the school was established in 2002 and that the initial focus was on indigent children.
Mrs Amachree revealed that for the past eight years of the existence of the school, it has concerned itself not only in academics, especially the sciences but has been consistent in the identification of individual talents of the students in the furtherance of their academic pursuits.
On the proliferation of private schools in the state and poor academic standards, the proprietress hailed the Rivers State Government under Governor Chibuike Amaechi for making it mandatory for private operators to have their schools registered as it has helped check the incidence of quacks in the education sector.
Highlights of the occasion included drama, quiz, debate and presentation of gifts to students among others.