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Are You Ready for the Start of the School Year? Here Are 5 Guidelines to Help Before Enrolling Your Child

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As a new academic session beckon, getting a new school for your child is a huge task and could prove to be very challenging. It is every parent’s dream to bequeath his or her child with qualitative knowledge that will lead to the fulfillment of their potentials for the betterment of themselves, family and the society at large; this has become more imperative considering our world has become highly competitive.

Before arriving at a decision, it is important that we practice some of the detective films we are accustomed to by carrying out a little personal investigation and stop relying on advertisements (don’t hinge your child’s future on a 3 minute video clip or a sweet radio jingle) or word of mouth, these are some tips to guide you as you make such an important decision.

The School’s Administration
You’re about to entrust your child to some people, so it is important that these people are in the right frame of mind in terms of character, intelligence and teaching methodologies. Teachers can make or mar your child’s future, while a good teacher will bring a child closer to fulfilling his potential a bad teacher can go a long way in killing your child’s chances in life, stories of teachers abusing their students or teaching them bad habits have become more rampant and makes headline news almost every day now.

Where you have “Ogas at the top” that are nonchalant about the interaction and dealings between the students and teachers then there’s a problem. The overall admin staff has to be vigilant and active in tackling all issues concerning the school especially one that affects the safety and social wellbeing of a child. You should investigate this area thoroughly.

The School’s Facilities
This area also deserves a close look because no parent will smile at the idea of having your child back from school with a disease he got from the school’s toilet or injuries sustained from the playing ground, as you go about your “Magnum P.I” investigations, it wouldn’t be complete unless you inspect the school’s facilities, make sure the toilet is fit for children’s usage, clean for human use, classroom sitting arrangement, ventilation not forgetting the laboratories and library, this will give you a comprehensive view of what awaits your child in such an environment.

Proximity to Home/Office
Having a school that is very accessible to either your home or office has many advantages, in the case of emergency, parents-teachers meetings or open days it is always easier to dash in, to see things for yourself instead of sending your eldest child or brother who can’t wait to leave the place to go see what Big Brother Africa’s Beverley Osu will do next.
When the school is close you’ll feel more obliged to attend their activities and you’ll be more tempted to send a representative when the school is out of reach, you’ll also find it easier to visit unannounced which sometimes is the best way to come to grip with real happenings in the school because on school arranged visit days everything is air brushed to look perfect so as not to discourage the parents.

Extra-curricular Activities
As we all know, education encompasses more than classroom teachings, outdoor activities play a vital role as well, so get a school that take this seriously. The importance of debating, French, cultural etc. contribute immensely in moulding our children’s characters and minds not forgetting Sports with its good health and mental strength benefit, it’s always a sweet getaway from academics for the children, you should surely put this on your investigation list.

School’s Motto
As funny as this may sound it’s actually important and necessary, let me give you examples of some of the mottos I’ve seen inscribed on school walls and billboards and maybe you’ll understand why this made the list
We make your child bright for future
Education is light and power together
The brains is number one
It’s not funny, stop laughing for God’s sake but why should I enroll my child in a school that can’t get it right in the simplest of things? The motto is an advertisement for the school and why would someone buy a product that advertises itself in bad light? It’s like a soft drink company saying in a jingle “drink and you’ll get diabetes”

Some might argue it’s the handwork of the painters or labourers, okay, but a school that doesn’t see it necessary to replace something like that shows they are only after your money, so make sure the school’s motto sounds right before you even go in to assess other things.

Photo Credit: thegazette.com
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Mansur Abubakar is a freelance writer and blogger. He published the first mainstream northern Nigeria sports newspaper BALLSPORTS and can be reached via [email protected] and @mansur_112 on Twitter

Born in Eti Osa LGA in Lagos,where i had my primary education,moved to Kaduna for my secondary school and my university education,fell in love with the pen during my time in GSS Kwali Abuja and since then it has been a sweet love affair,i presently write for many publications and also publish BALLSPORTS.

11 Comments

  1. Sel

    August 28, 2013 at 9:31 am

    These are helpful guides. However I think finding a good
    school is directly proportional to the amount you are ready to
    pay.

  2. naana

    August 28, 2013 at 9:33 am

    i always tell my friends that one of the best thing you can
    offer your child is the best educational background. come to think
    of the creche, kindergarten through to where possible secondary
    school to build up the child for tetiary. because some schools make
    children very timid and dormant whiles others challenge the
    abilities of children making them smart. it depends on how your
    finances are too and that should not mean that, no money no good
    education for the child.

  3. Take time

    August 28, 2013 at 9:50 am

    “eldest child or brother who can’t wait to leave the place to go see what Big Brother Africa’s Beverley Osu will do next.” Why Beverley Osu’s name mention here, Is our eldest child or brother holier than Beverley Osu. See who is writing as if his wife is not doing worst. Most of the men in the neigbourhood know how her thing taste the only different between her and Beverley Osu is that she does hers in the closet.

  4. DREAL

    August 28, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Nice write up BUT! Its a tad late for it…The time for seeking admission into the September session begins in February, that would have been the best time to publish this…By May/June, admission letters would have been sent and accepted/rejected…Just saying…

    • bafy

      August 28, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      U re talking about tertiary schools, the writer is talking about primary schools…. Was that too difficult to figure??

  5. julieta

    August 28, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Really, i find this helpful, though quality education means MONEY. May God give us the ability to train our children right. Amen

  6. Ayomipo Oladapo

    August 28, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    @take time, this person’s wife must have done ur husband or potential BF has this article has nothing to do with promiscuity. Anyways thanks for bringing it to our knowledge, but if I may ask “ofwatbenefit”?

  7. First Veritas

    August 28, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Totally love how this conveys serious messages while still infused with the right amount of humour. The School Motto part got me in hysterics. In addition to your points, for the 21st Century Nigerian School, we endeavor to emphasize the importance of a school website. This is the 21st Century. There is no reason why a school should not have an updated website where parents can get up-to-date information about the school.
    Do check out our blog: http://www.1stveritas.com/blog/

  8. Rabi Bello

    August 29, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Absolutely splendid!
    Fnx for d information,these are points many parents neglect,escially surveying the facilities,not to talk of the motto.for us to achieve more standard education,money making ‘must’ be exponged from the list of priority,but sound education.thank you Manthur.

  9. Aisha Goje

    September 9, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Nice write up! Sooo proud of you!

  10. khaleefah goje

    September 21, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Am so proud of u big bro!!!

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