Prof Tajudeen Gbadamosi, President, Muslim Community of Lagos state appealed to missionary schools to be the forefront of the revival of moral education in their schools.
Gbadamosi, retired Professor of History, University of Lagos made the plea at the 50th-anniversary celebrations of Ansar-Ud-Deen Grammar School, Surulere Old Students Association(1966/70 sets) on Monday in Lagos.
He said that students who attend missionary schools should always be encouraged to aspire to high moral ideals.
“The neglect of moral education has led to the mass production of scholars who are schooled in knowledge, but unschooled in morals.
“Hardly does a day pass without news about drug abuse, sexual abuse, internet fraud, examination malpractice, cultism among others perpetrated by young people.
“In my humble opinion, religion is the primary custodian of ethical be the starting point,” Gbadamosi said.
He added that moral education should be among the staple subjects in missionary schools, and it should not matter to them whether or not it was in the WAEC or JAMB syllabus.
“We would do well to always remember that education without morality breeds vices.
“The alumni can also play a part in ethical reformation, and I suggest that they take the practical step by instituting a prize for the best-behaved student in each class,” Gbadamosi said.
He said that the education system should be indigenised and directed to meet local needs.
“We need to re-examine our syllabus and curriculum in order to ensure that they reflect the realities of our society.
“Missionary societies should encourage their students to redirect their research focus towards solving local problems,” Gbadamosi said.
Mr Fatai Babalola, Chairman, Ansar-Ud-Deen Grammar School, Surulere, Lagos Old Students Association,1966/70 set said that they were paying backing to the school that contributed so much to their achievement.
Babalola urged their alumni sets to mobilise their member to give back to the school because we were all aware of the dilapidated state of the school.
“We are giving back to the school today by commissioning a project which is the refurbishing of the school hall called ” Olasiji Layeni Hall” as a demonstration of our commitment, “he said
“However, in the area of academics, this school was well respected because it was not lagging behind other schools in Lagos state.
“For us who attended the school, it was a privilege of proud memories,” he said.
Mr Habeeb Badru, Principal of Ansar-Ud-Deen Grammar School, Surulere, Lagos appreciated 1966/70 old students association for their support and huge investment in the education of the students.
“I salute your interest and love for your Alma-mater, this has a significant positive correlation with the educational and infrastructural development of the school.
“The reality is that our school is the most sought after by admission-seekers of secondary education within Surulere.
“This is largely due to our infrastructure and academic exploit.
“Today, we are still trying our best to maintain the good standard that has made the school the envy of all,” he said.
Badru appealed to the old students association to give the school football pitch and science laboratories attention.
The old students association (1966/70 sets) renovated the school’s hall and also presented two standing air conditioners to the school.
They also gave awards to their former chemistry and mathematics teachers.