Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr. Mac John Nwaobiala, has urged management of Doveland International Schools, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to give attention to providing all inclusive education process that caters for children with special needs in the society.
This is coming as the school marked its fifth year anniversary, graduation/ speech and Prize-giving day, during which awards and certificates were given to deserving students of the school.
Speaking as a special guest during the event held at the Merit House, Maitama, Abuja, at the weekend, he advised the school authorities to set up a School Based Management Committee (SBMC), as it’s vital for the attainment of an all-inclusive process of quality basic education delivery and sustainable school management.
He says: “This will contribute to the efforts being made by government to tackle the perennial challenge of effective integration of the vulnerable, the poor and the totally excluded into the country’s education mainstream.”
Decrying the fact that most private schools admit pupils based on the ability of their parents to pay, he noted that every society is judged by how it treats the most vulnerable, emphasizing education is the right of a child that every parents and caregiver is demanded to give the children under their watch.
“I therefore, enjoin the proprietors of Doveland Schools to buy into this initiative, in order to ensure a harmonious and sustainable progress of the school and in particular attain high performance and success of the pupils in terms of their academic achievements.
“While the school management and all its stakeholders are celebrating the success they have attained in the last five years, it was imperative that you fixed your eyes on the future for more successes which can only be tied to the quality of the school’s products,” Nwaobiala stressed.
Also, he enjoined the school to invest heavily on its teachers with a view to guarantee quality education for their students, as teachers act as role models to the pupils and transmit societal values from generation to generation.
Earlier in her remark, the executive director of the school, Mrs. Tina Chukwu, said the school will not relent on nurturing children under its care to soar excellently in hard work, virtues and patriotism in the socirty.
Peoples Daily reports that a total of 42 pupils from nursery 2 gained promotion into grade 1 in the basic school; 23 pre-kindergarten g to kindergarten II; and 6 graduated from the grade 6 (primary six) respectively.