The video of a young girl who blasts her school for sending her out because of school fees has become a trend because it is easily relatable. It recalls the time when we were sent out of school or segregated because of our parents/guardians’ inability to pay school fees in time. We usually troop in packs, waiting for the gateman to change his mind after three study periods might have gone. And most times, he does.
Who should we blame? The school, the government or our parents. It is very difficult to blame our parents who were heroes in our eyes. They wanted the best for us and refused to take us to a public school where the education is flawed. Just like the Delta girl who stood proud in her uniform, sparkling white socks and powdered neck, we always take pride in revealing the name of our schools as private and not a government school. It just came by default, we loved our school. It reminded us of opportunities and gave us a glimpse of what life is outside the corridors of our impoverished compounds.
But what about our parents? Do they take us there to fuel their pride and outsize their coat in order to fit in? Most times, they don’t. But we won’t excuse those parents who are aware of their inability to sustain a particular lifestyle they envision and put their children in a psychic torment of being labelled poor or living a life of double consciousness. Why not take your child to another private school you can afford?
We love our parents, so let’s shift the blame to the school. The inability of the educational system to heal itself is appalling. The constant approach of torturing a child because of school fees says bad of the country as a whole. As Toke Makinwa posits: ‘Of what use is flogging a child when their parents refuse to pay school fees?’ Will the school fees come out of their scars? “What happened to dialogue with the parents? What happened to working out a payment plan?’ There should be ways of sending out your message than depriving a vulnerable child of quality education.
Oh! The Government. Just a few days ago, the government was blamed for the Lagos building collapse. Are the blames justified? You bet it is. With the tonnes of campaign posters beclouding the minds of citizens, the government has laden priority to non-essentials for so long now.
Baboon dey work, monkey dey chop.
What happened to the great government schools that educated the leading leaders today? What happened to the structures, the teachers, the materials, the products? We need to keep talking, education is every child’s right. The corrupt leaders must know this. You can sense the zeal from the young Delta girl who exalts knowledge.
Why kill that zeal at a young age because of the poor educational system? Play your part.
What do you think? Who is to blame?