The assistant principal of Greensprings School, Lekki, Lagos, Mrs Deborah Alabi, has stressed the need for students to be equipped with the necessary practical life skills needed to thrive after school.
Mrs Alabi disclosed this at a virtual event organised by the school, according to a statement on Monday, PUNCH gathers.
“Our world has changed, and every day, it becomes more evident that many Nigerian graduates are not well-prepared for life after school because they lack valuable skills such as entrepreneurship, communication, leadership, critical thinking, and growth mindset. The root of this problem can be traced back to elementary and secondary schools focusing mainly on academics.
Schools would do better by taking extracurricular activities seriously, as these activities help children to develop many of these valuable skills. Aside from extracurricular activities, our students also get to participate in both local and international trips and competitions.
Some of the competitions in which our students regularly partake include the Conrad Challenge, in which 20 of them recently bagged a scholarship worth $1.2m; the World School Games; the World Robotic Challenge; the GTBank Masters Cup and AISEN Public Speaking Competition.”
She also urged parents and teachers not to discourage any students interested in joining the entertainment sector.