Members of Christ’s School, Ado Ekiti 88/93 Alumni set have canvassed convocation of a stakeholders’ education summit to reposition the school and return it to its place of excellence in academicperformance.
The members, who said a visit to the school would show that something was seriously wrong, said the summit became imperative to proffer solutions and the way forward for the school to once again begin to take the lead in education.
President of the 88/93 Alumini set, Dr Kayode Arogundade, spoke at the weekend in a lecture entitled: “Christ’s School, Ado Ekiti: The Evergreen Memories of Yester-years, Our Supine Attitude of Today and the Need to Wake up from our Slumber” during the 2016 homecoming of the alumni set and its fourth yearly scholarship award series tagged Chief Olusola Bayode Annual Scholarship Scheme.
Arogundade lamented: “Those legacies, those catalysts often provided by old students, the spirited efforts of the ever-dedicated teachers, and the concentration of Christ’s School Alumni at making the school number one in Africa are all gone. Worst still, the government is paying lip services to education in Nigeria.”
Consequently, he charged all alumni thus: “We have to wake from our slumber, pick the crumbs and shackles of the school and get more alert to our responsibilities”.
Arogundade, who said the school had produced people in highly rated positions including governors, ministers, commissioners, captains of industry, lamented that all it had got from many of them were “failed promises, lips services and manipulation of the school for personal gain”.
The Alumni set on the occasion presented scholarship award of cash and relevant textbooks to six Junior Secondary School students comprising three outstanding students and three indigent counterparts. Textbooks were also donated to the school library on the occasion.
Chairman, Local Organising Committee of the 88/93 Alumni Set Scholarship Scheme, Dr Omolade Adeleke, said the set had committed about N1.8 million to the scholarship, named after their former principal, Chief Olusola Bayode, in the last four years.
Adeleke said: “Again, we have currently incorporated into the scheme a monitoring programme to assess and monitor the academic and career progress of awardees. This is to enable us ascertain the extent to which their academic performances and general career achievements have been influenced since the award of scholarship”.
In his address, Chief Bayode, who was being honoured on the occasion by his former students, expressed joy at the achievements of the former students and their decision to give back to the society, saying it was the reality of the fact that Christ’s School prepared them for life after the school.
Bayode, who said the experience of members of the 88/93 set showed the need for students to be part of the development of their school advised students including the scholarship recipients to be hardworking and well-behaved and as well take advantage of the fact that old students of the school are ready to partner with government to get the best for the school.
Activities for the homecoming, which kicked off on Friday with a visit by the alumni set to Chief Bayode at his residence, was followed by a novelty football match between 88/93 Alumni set and the current Christ’s School football team on Saturday.
The 88/93 Alumni set also held its homecoming dinner party at Dexambdra Hotel, Ado Ekiti after the scholarship award yesterday before rounding off the activities with a Thanksgiving Service at Emmanuel Cathedral, Okesa Ado Ekiti on Sunday.