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Information Technology  is eroding standard of education – Baiyewu

By Ngozi  Okpalakunne

The negative  impact  of   the use of handsets by  secondary  school children was a major issue discussed at  a one day forum organised  in Lagos recently.

The  event which was  organised  by  King Emmanuel Progressive College  Ayobo,  aimed at improving the learning skills of the school  children. Speaking at the event, the Proprietor of the college, Dr. Anthony Baiyewu  urged parents and guardians  to ensure strict monitoring of the use of  handsets by their wards so as to enable  them concentrate  on their  studies..

 Dr.   Baiyewu  regretted  that  the advent  of Information Technology  (IT) including handsets is gradually eroding  the standard of education and added that if  the use of handsets by  students  is not  checkmated  it will negatively affect their academic life.

According to him, some students spend  most  of their time  searching     for  information in the handsets that  will not be of any good use to them instead of studying their books.

In his words: ‘’The standard of education is negatively affected by Information Technology.  The SMS  languages is fast  eroding  the standard  of spoken and written  English . There should be strict monitoring if not a total ban on the use of handsets by students in the secondary school.’’

He frowned at parents who   blame  teachers for their children’s poor performance instead of   taking  time to monitor the activities of their children.

In his words: ‘’ some parents  do not visit their children in the school and they do not have time  to check their books rather they are busy running up and  down for money. They should make out time to visit their wards in the school and ask question from the teachers about their children’s  academic performance’’, he added.

Speaking also at the event, Pastor Ade

Haasstrup advised  parents to see the good up bring of their children as a    challenge and added that they should not allow business and struggle in life  to take  their due responsibility.

‘’Children training and education starts from the home   where parents have to posses the ability  to impact moral discipline  by showing   good examples, guide and adequately instruct to give  room  for uprightness.

‘’Also, the home is the pillar ground  to build  our children’s confidence so that they  can  overcome   challenges of life, ’’he added.

On the other hand, he stressed the need for teachers to have a close relationship with their students so as to  impact  them  positively .

 He said : ‘’  It should be noted that youths   and  children   came  from various  home and  are bred  by different  parents  and they hold  teachers in high esteem  for the sake  of their  children.

 ‘’Teachers are to study, examine   and maintain a close relationship with students  so as to impact  the right  skills of knowledge in to them,’’

 Continuing, he advised  teachers to learn how to manage their personality and added that they should manage their appearance, temper, emotion, homes , family and comportment.

Talking about moral education, he said it is necessary particularly at this time  when moral decadence is evident in  children  both in primary and secondary schools.

‘’The easiest way to mend bad habits is by training and emphasis  on religion  and moral  instructions to pupils.

‘’The  best pupil  in the school subjects  could develop to be  delinquents in moral  standards.  They could be good engineers, scientists, administrators, accountants and even teachers’’.

Emphasising  on teachers performance, he said, it  is ideal to examine them from time to time.

‘’ Teachers should attend training and seminar workshops so that they will not run dry of facts, information and knowledge. Teaching is  a good profession because it moulds life  and lay concrete  foundation upon  which students  life are built, empowering them to capture the vast opportunities  this world has to offer with the knowledge  and the attitudinal  changes  acquired  in the school setting’’.

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