By Adekunle Ogbonnaiye, Ado-Ekiti
Christ’s School Alumni, 1988/93 has awarded scholarship award, cash and relevant textbooks to six Junior Secondary School
students comprising three outstanding students and three indigents in Ekiti state.
The group also donated textbooks to the school library and promised to convoke a stakeholders’ education summit towards repositioning the school and return it to its place of excellence in academic performance.
According to the them, a visit to the school would show that
something was seriously wrong, said the summit became imperative to proffer solutions and way forward for the school to once again begin to take the lead in education.
In his speech, the President of the 88/93 Alumini, Dr. Kayode
Arogundade, who spoke at the weekend in a lecture entitled: “Christ’s School, Ado Ekiti: The Evergreen Memories of Yesteryears, 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.
“We have to wake from our slumber, pick the crumbs and shackles of the school and get more alert to our responsibilities”.
He further noted that 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”.
Chairman, Local Organizing 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.
He said: “Again, we are 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”.
Meanwhile, Chief Bayode, who was being honoured at by his former students, expressed joy at the achievements of the former students and their decision to give back to society, saying it was the reality of the fact that Christ’s School prepared them for life after the school.