League of Muslim School Proprietors Oyo Zone has on Sunday appealed to parents to take care of their children and teach them the basics of their religion.
Superintendent Sanusi Oluwasegun, a Civil Service officer from Oyo West Local Government Area of Oyo State stated this on Sunday at the LEAMSP 2nd edition of Parents’ Forum at Princess Court and Event Centre, Oyo.
He delivered a speech on “Hard Drugs and its Effects”
Click to listen to the audio (Yoruba Language)
Sanusi, a guest speaker at the august occasion, told parents to monitor the movement of their children by observing the friends they keep and the type of activities they involve in on their phones.
“A child who is not given adequate attention will flock with bad companions and soon be addicted to hard drugs” Superintendent Sanusi said.
He stressed the need for Muslim parents to always attend PTA meetings in person as this will quickly expose the attitudes of their children in school.
“Your children are your investments, monitor them well. Attend their PTA meeting, avoid sending their elder brothers to the meeting” he said.
Referring to the recent killings that happened at Ilaka area in Oyo town last week, Sanusi said that if care is not taken, “2019 election in Oyo town will be difficult to be peacefully conducted because it is apparent that parents have neglected care of their children”
In reaction to parents’ worry about the inability of law enforcement agency to arrest marijuana smokers at different joints in Oyo town during questions and answers, Superintended Sanusi explained that parents have been of no help in dealing with smokers. He lamented that when the smokers are arrested, their parents will be the one to personally contact those that will veto the release of these children and this does result to dwindling of wills in arresting them another time.
In his plea, Mr. S.T. Adegbite, Oyo zonal coordinator of LEAMSP cried-out to the government on reduction of exorbitant taxes attached to education.
“Our government should reduce all forms of exorbitant and multiple taxes attached with children’s school fees so as to avoid many idle hands in our society.” Adegbite said.
In the same event, Ustadh Ismail Busayri, the Acting Secretary and chief Imam of Al-Haramain Central Mosque, Akobo Ibadan also called the attention of parents to the need of setting good examples for their children in a practical way.
“Children are born with pure mindset, it is their parents that determine either they will be of good moral character or bad one” Imam Busayri said.
He also cautioned parents on over pampering their children and dealing with them harshly.
“Good parents are parents who show love and care to their children” Imam said.
Click to listen to Imam Ismail Busayr on ‘My Precious Gifts and Societal Challenges
Towards concluding his speech, Ustadh Ismail Busayr stated to the parents that children are raw materials and the parents are the determinants of what they will turn to. Parents should refrain from blaming their children for their negative acts, instead they should wake up to their responsibility as guides and role models for their children. The children should be taught the dos and don’ts of their religion and parents should be assigning responsibilities to them as “small responsibilities for small shoulder makes it great” and “small responsibility will prepare our children for greater one”
The programme was graced by dignitaries from Oyo towns. Also, the Local Inspectors of Education in the four Local governments in Oyo town were well represented.
Also, during the programme, Ustadh Ismail Busayr was interviewed by The Links reporters on “The Sardonic State of Nigeria Education”. Below is the details of the discussion;
The Links: We are thankful that you grant this interview, sir!, Can we meet you?
Response: I am Imam Ismail Adekunle Busayr, the Chief Imam, Al-Haramain central mosque, Ibadan, the acting secretary general for Muslim community, Oyo state, the proprietor, New Dawn Comprehensive College and the guest speaker at this occasion.
The Links: Thank you very much sir! The current situation of education in Nigeria is sardonic as we can see and it is a generally accepted fact that a nation cannot grow beyond her educational standards, so to rescue the current situation, what roles do parents need to play?
Response: Ehm, as you have rightly said that the standard is poor generally and the private schools are trying to complement the efforts of the Government. So, the parents should be selective in registering their children in a school. They must ensure that such a school that would provide a rounded education in terms of academic, spiritual and in all ramifications is chosen for their wards.
The Links: In ensuring the continuous survival of education, what should be the concern of the government?
Response: The government is a regulatory body, they must ensure to give due attention to educational sector in terms of providing the conducive learning environment and employing, engaging skilful hand of qualified teachers, also, there must be continuous assessment and evaluation to ensure a good output.
The Links: Do you think teachers have blame in this appalling state of education in Nigeria?
Response: Ehm, yes they have some blame but everybody has his own quota, when there is a failure, we don’t blame just a particular body, we blame everybody, from the Islamic perspective, everybody must take responsibility. Teachers, they have responsibilities, in terms of as well developing themselves, a teacher that stop learning is like a stagnant water. Knowledge, education is dynamic, it evolves, it develops, so teachers must update their knowledge, learn new ways of teaching, new ways of doing things and all that and they must be committed to their chosen career, be there at all time and do what is expected of them.
The Links: Do you think our spirituality can be of help out of this predicament?
Response: Of course, Allah in the Qur’an says, “Fear Allah and He will endow you in knowledge. So, why we are backward is because… even in the West today, the knowledge that is there is not beneficial enough. It is destructive rather than being constructive and being beneficial because it is devoid of spirituality. So, spirituality enhance knowledge, a person that is spiritually inclined is expected to do better in his academic career, so, it matters.
The Links: How can students succeed in-spite the countless challenges before them?
Response: Like any other life challenges, we need to seek refuge in Allah, we pray that Allah be our guide and guard, protect us, save us from this situation in which we find ourselves, I think that matters, they pray to Allah and they study the environment as well, you know they say, ‘necessity is the mother of invention’, they have found themselves in this kind of environment, they must learn how to adapt to the situation. So, adaptation, then prayer.
The Links: Jazakallahu khairan, thanks for your time.
Response: Aameen, wa iyyakum.