EMMANUEL AWARI, Jalingo
Students of Peace Academy have been advised to be good representatives of the school wherever they find themselves.
The Principal of the school, Yakubu Rikwen, gave the advice at the school’s 3rd annual graduation speech and Prize-Giving Day held at the school premises, Jalingo.
He commended teachers for their dedication to work and untiring efforts in ensuring that the pupils that are put under them are properly taken care of.
” I wish also to thank and appreciate Taraba State government through the Ministry of Education for constantly providing the necessary environment for education to strive in the state as the provision of certain basic facilities for private schools”, Rikwen stated.
He told parents that their tremendous support and willingness in the provision of an inclusive education was not in vain.
“The school in the past one year has experienced a tremendous increase in the intake of pupils into its vision”, he said.
In his remarks, the Executive Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board, Yakubu Abgwaizo, disclose that Taraba State has over 200,000 out-of-school children.
“This figure is very alarming, for we are educationally conscious state. For we to have such number is very worrisome and of course worrisome in the fact that it will discourage parents from taking their children to school. Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has given us the mandate to bring them back to school in less than two years”.
He appreciated the Principal and teachers of the school in moulding the children and urged them to maintain the tempo.
He said the Board will work with private schools to give the best to children, adding that the Board wants to ensure that private schools get to their requirements.
In his remarks, Chairman of the occasion and a retired Permanent Secretary, Williams Lamu, commended the Proprietor of the school and his wife for their passion in education despite that he is still a civil servant.
“All private schools are complementing government’s efforts’’, Lamu said.
He disclosed that there were over 10million out of school children in the country, adding that government is creating enabling environment for public schools to operate.
Encouraging parents to continue to pay school fees of their children as at when due, he also encouraged wealthy individuals to contribute by donating books, equipments and others to Schools.
The Guest speaker and Executive Secretary of Post- Primary Schools Management Board, PPSMB, David Mailafiya, represented by the Director, Schools Services, Ibrahim Attah, commended the Proprietor for putting a befitting edifice, adding that it is not easy putting up such building.
Also speaking, Head Boy of the school, Joshua John, thanked God for seeing them through JSS 1-2 and now he is going to JSS3.
“As a Senior Prefect, I encounter a lot of challenges academically, physically and spiritually, it takes endurance and patience to carry the burden of such magnitude. It has not been easy, but thanks be to God for it is a success for me”.
He appealed to parents to support the school and enroll their children into the school for quality education and for the school to move forward.
He appreciated the Proprietor, Head Teacher and Staff for their hard work in bringing them to where they are today.
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