The Head Teacher, Caleb International Primary School, Lagos, Mrs Stella Quadri, has advised parents to ensure that their children’s school was not far from home, to enable them to be at their best academically.
Quadri told our reporter in Lagos on Thursday that that distance schooling for children, from their homes, could be counterproductive to their overall development.
“Many pupils, who trek some distance to school, may likely not be attentive to teachers and are tired to learn.
“The trekkers to school for about a kilometre risk grasping what they are taught not at their optimum level, hours after the school assembly.’’
She also advised parents against leaving the care of their wards more to surrogates like housemaid.
“Guardians who leave their wards more with neighbours, daycare centres or family members were taking a huge risk.
“Many unpleasant things are being done to children by others, who cannot easily appreciate the worth of having them.
“Surrogate parents that assume to have much power over children under them, because of obvious uncaring nature of parents, are likely to instill their own ideals than those they are aiding.’’
Quadri advised parents to assist their children in their assignments and do regular checks on their academics, to track their development.
“Learning at the primary level will be more effective when parents are critically involved,’’ she said.