Don’t Abdicate Your Responsibilities, Principal Urges Parents

By Patrick Mgbodo
PARENTS and guardians in Delta State have been urged not to abandon their primary responsibility of giving their children and wards a proper upbringing at home which is then expected to be complemented by further training in their various schools.
The Principal of Osadenis Mixed Secondary School Asaba, Mrs. Ada Akpata ,who gave the advice recently in an exclusive interview with The Pointer, disclosed that most parents erroneously think that the first responsibility of training the child entirely lies with the school.
According to her, parents are expected to provide a solid foundation for their children as they (parents) are the very first agents of socialization, adding that it was wrong for some parents to abdicate their primary responsibilities to the school system.
“You have to train your child the way you want him/her to grow and if you do that, when the child comes to school, we (school) will take over from there”, Akpata asserted.
While lamenting the high rate of vandalism in the school, the Principal attributed the menace to the activities of rough students, poor security in the school and the use of substandard materials in building, adding that cultism which used to be the bane of the school in times past, had been drastically reduced in recent times by the conscious and deliberate efforts of her administration and the school management.
Akpata further said that she is optimistic that the new academic session would yield brighter expectations especially with the establishment of two new schools in Asaba.
According to her, the establishment of new schools would help decongest the already overpopulated schools and provide a more conducive environment for students to learn, adding that part of the reasons students’ turnout to school at the commencement of the new academic session was low was as a result of the fact that some students from the Bonsac and Cable axis were now expected to move into the new schools established within their area.
The education administrator, also, called on the state government to help with the provision of learning facilities such as tables and chairs to afford students a better and more conducive learning environment which, according to her, are crucial to their educational development, even as she appreciated government’s intervention so far.
As at the time of this report, staff and teachers of Osadenis Mixed Secondary School, Asaba, were seen going about their respective duties, while the few students were mowing the overgrown lawns and keeping the environment clean.