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Archbishop Calls On Government To Collaborate With Missions On Education

In order to bring the desired effect of education in Nigeria, Most Reverend Adewale Martins urged the three tiers of government to collaborate with the missions and private schools.

The Archbishop made this call on Wednesday, during the Blessing of Maria Mater Christi Schools Chapel, Rev. Sisters Convent and Commissioning of the JAMB CBT Centre in Lagos.

According to the Catholic Archbishop, education is a social service and the duty of every responsible government is to ensure that the citizens are educated adding that if private and mission schools are to function well, then the government should be consistent in making policies related to the education sector.

He said; “if private schools and mission schools are to function well, the government should act as collaborators; they should set standards and do the supervision effectively.

“But they also have to give incentives, particularly for mission school to thrive, because mission schools are not to make profit.

“In those days, mission schools were given grants and aid in order to carry out activities, and so it’s a bit more difficult than it used to be.

“So we expect that the government should give the mission schools tax break.”

“More importantly, we think that government should be consistent in their policies; every minister that comes in wants to leave an imprint, therefore changes existing education policies.

“School curriculum should be allowed to reflect on the principles of the missions that founded the schools; all of these should be ways government can collaborate with the mission and private schools.” He added.

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