Chief Yomi Otubela, Chairman, National Association of Proprietors of Private School (NAPPS), Lagos State, told NAN that exclusion and poverty were the greatest obstacles against education of a child in Africa.
Otubela, also the Principal Consultant, Lagooz Schools, advised that governments should effectively enforce child rights laws.
He said that governments should uphold the right of the child to education through the provision of qualitative education at affordable cost.
“The judicial system must also be equipped to enforce this right under the law,’’ he said.
Mrs Roslyn Nojimu-Yusuf, Head of Department of Primary Education, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin, Lagos, called for conducive learning environment to promote a child’s right to education.
Nojimu- Yusuf said that the classrooms should be less congested for proper assimilation to take place, dding that there should be less distraction. [eap_ad_2] According to her, overpopulation and lack of desks and chairs constituted an impediment to effective and qualitative teaching and learning.
She identified poverty and ignorance on the part of the parents as a challenge to the right of a child to education.
“I went to vulcanise my tyre one day and a boy between ages six and seven, who should be in school, came out to do it.
“I was shocked initially, but he assured me he could do it; I encouraged him to go back to school.
The lecturer said that shortage of teachers in schools all over Nigeria should also be addressed.
“Local Governments should be made to play a participatory role in the area of provision of infrastructure.
“The school environment should be habitable, conducive and attractive,’’ he said. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]