Early last week the class eight students started reporting to schools that they had been offered admission especially those going to national schools. But there are reports that about 150,000 children did not secure a place in the secondary schools. So the question is now what next for these children yet they are leftovers of this 8-4-4 system? This system of learning has made our minds to create a pass and a fail.
This system of learning has somehow been unfair to those children who do not get the pass mark required and we cannot run away from the fact that the society tends to view them as failures. What’s more there are some children who fail may be because they panicked for some reasons like due to mourning the lose of one of their own or because they were not feeling well. So to some extent these children may have been performing well previously but due to the prevailing circumstances they end up not performing well.
But the government should come in and fill the vacuum left between those furthering their education and those who are not lucky to proceed to secondary schools and are left to join the village polytechnics. Let these polytechnics be well equipped with the necessary equipment and with the trainers to make these children succeed in their level of studying.
So what I mean, the society should not condemn children not going to Form one but instead, they should be shown that they have a bright future ahead. It’s the high time that the society stops creating a difference between those going to secondary school and those joining polytechnics because after all they are all furthering education. They are all our children and they need our support if they are to make it in life and so we ought to stand with them.