Old Students Celebrate Former Teachers, Award Prizes to Best Students in Ogun - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Monday, January 3, 2022

Old Students Celebrate Former Teachers, Award Prizes to Best Students in Ogun

The Daily Crucible | Monday, January 3, 2022

In a self help bid to rejig scholarly values, sportlight the dimming glory of academics and eradicate gangsterism in schools, the Imala Community Grammar School Old Students Association, aka, Imacogold 83-85 sets, has instituted annual prizes for best students and teachers in the Alma Mater.

This is coming on the heels of recent reports of deadly violence among secondary school pupils which led to the closure of 15 affected schools in Ogun State.

At the maiden Annual General Meeting of the alumni association, the old students who are just coming together to form a platform for self help for the development of their old school presented Prizes for Excellence backed with cash and gifts to 20 pupils.

The teacher adjudged the best in the school, Mr. Taiwo Solomon Oke, was equally awarded prize.

The following were given Leadership Awards for their various roles in the development of Imala Community Grammar School, Imala, Ogun State, Nigeria and the products: Oba Apostle Moses Adegboyega Olabode mni, Odunfa II, the Omola of Imalaland, Late Rt. Hon. Timothy Adekanmbi, one time Deputy Speaker, House of Assembly, Ogun State, late Chief Oluwole Alaran, one time Chairman of the Teaching Service Commission, Ogun State, Late Revd. B.O. Onanuga, first Principal of the school, Pa Olufemi Ogidiolu, second Principal of the school and the teacher adjudged most impactful during the days of the sets in school, Mr. Gbenga Fakunle.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the AGM held in the school premises, the Chairman Board of Governors of the school, Engr. Moses Adediran noted how pertinent it had become for all stakeholders to rise up and save the basic and secondary education system.

 "The situation is appalling concerning the delapidation of infrastructure, and for the high decadence, fear for the survival of the next generation is palpable."

Engr. Adediran said most parents had abandoned their responsibilities regarding the upbringing of their children as they pursued money and carrier to the extent that value had virtually disappeared among the young ones, and with the overwhelming challenges before government other social agents must come to the rescue.

The principal newly redeployed to the school, Mrs. Oluwayemisi Faniyan who was assisted by the immediate past principal, Mrs. Mojisola Pius said children were no longer interested in education but quick money as a result of the numerous injustices and unpunished crimes in the society.

"They see smugglers and thugs as mentors while looking up to becoming okada riders and Yahoo boys to make quick money.

 This is impeding instruction in the school apart from the huge deficit in infrastructure".

The principal listed the needs of the school to include rehabilitation of classrooms; staff room, principal`s office, laboratory; water, electricity, computers and fence while calling on the alumni to assist the school.

"We appreciate your efforts since your coming together but we indeed really need much more, just as we believe this your first AGM will be the beginning of better days for the school to make learning more attractive to the children."

The National Chairman of Imacogold, Comrade Yemi Akintunde ffps, earlier explained the reasons behind the AGM which was planned to make the old students come to physically see the situation in the school which "induces nostalgic tears".

"It's almost forty years when last some of us saw the school, seeing things physically will encourage our members to pick up projects to assist the school. We already have started the borehole project to provide water and toilets to stop the insecure manner the pupils go into the bush; we have also provided sporting materials to engage them meaningfully at their leisure which we believe will reduce gangstersim among them."

"The prizes and Awards are however instituted to return value to its right of place among the children who no longer see going to school as of any good use". The Chairman said.

He promised on behalf of the association that the requests of the school would be attended to one after the other while calling on the old students to respond to the clarion call of their school.

Imala Comunity Grammar School was established in 1979 by the Olabisi Onabanjo administration.

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