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’’.