Worried about the geometric rise in the out-of-school children, Ace comedian David Atake Sikpa recently distributed over 50 free JAMB forms to indigent students of Idjerhe Grammar School, Jesse, in Ethiope Local Government of Delta state.
Sikpa who was represented by the programme facilitator Mr Lawrence also promised to enrol the students in the ongoing National Identification Number as part of the fulfilment of the requirements for the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board.
Sikpa, an Engineer and Chief Executive Officer of Sedaco group stated that he was displeased with the challenges prospective Jamb applicants and their parents face in his community to raise funds for JAMB examinations, according to him, “it’s so sad to imagine what parents and their wards face in the quest to register for terminal examinations even in the face of a recuperating economy and I’m indeed pained by the rising cases of out of school children as evidenced in the statistics obtained from UNICEF, it is quite alarming and worrisome if we don’t address challenges of education at this level.
The comedian further stated that funding education in whatever form is not the exclusive reserve of the government alone, ” I think it is about time we de-emphasis investment in education as the exclusive reserve of the Government alone, it is time for well-meaning individuals to partner government at all levels and supports the development of education especially in our various communities, that way, we will be building a new generation and human capital for our people, our state and society at large”.
He added that investment in education is the surest panacea to insecurity in our nation, ” The current wave of insecurity in our society could be addressed through education, orientation, and enlightenment programmes and will help to tame all forms of criminality in our society, if we fall at this time to invest in education, we will have greater challenges and insecurity as younger generation will explore opportunities in technology to do negative things if not checked.”
Sikpa who related the relationship between Comedy and education said schools should engage influencers and public opinion leaders to counsel students adding that the place of role models in education pursuit cannot be overemphasised and called on the government to reintroduce Guidance and Counselling to direct the energy of students into the positive venture.