The event was the 2nd End-of-Session Party/Graduation Ceremony of Ro-Mount International Nursery & Primary School located at 5 Alhaji Rasheed Shittu Street, Glory Land Estate, Isheri-Idimu, Lagos. The event which held on the 19th of July was blissful. Our Community Alimosho was there to catch all the vibes as well as get reactions from teachers, parents and students alike on the memorable event. See below photos and reactions from the event.
Mrs. Nora Ndunaka — Head Teacher, Ro-Mount International Nursery & Primary School
Describe today’s event?
So far so good, the event has been a success. The turnout was more than I expected because it is in the nature of some people to give excuses for special events like this. But I thank God that was not the case today, so, it was a success.
How old is the school?
We will be two years by December this year.
In that time frame, what has been the major achievement this school has recorded?
Within this period, we have been able to attend external exams and the school has gone international. We have exposed our pupils to experiences and this has given us a positive focus.
Give us your opinion of the Nigerian educational system?
The quality of education out there is 60-40 and this is because the educational system is not giving out what it is supposed to. In the chase for money, many have corrupted this sector. Instead of giving out what is supposed to be given to the children, some, in a bid to enroll pupils have lowered their standards and ethics. If I am given an opportunity to speak on the quality of education in Nigeria, I will say that we still have a long way to go. I will say that with schools like Ro-Mount International Nursery& Primary School, there is hope for the Nigerian educational system.
How can these problems be solved?
Schools should train their teachers. Schools should have moral standards. They should believe in themselves and not just what the parents want us to believe in because we are supposed to correct the ills in society. Schools in Nigeria and Lagos should refuse to compromise the quality of education in Nigeria. We should make the parents know that the school is an agent of socialisation meant to correct the ills in society. If the schools are right, I think we will have a better society and better citizens.
How do you see this school in five year’s time?
It’s a target, but I believe in the next five years, this school should have a group of schools. We should have branches both in Nigeria and abroad. Come five years, we want a situation where we can contest with the very best out there. We have big dreams. I know Rome was not built in a day but I know we will get there, surely.
Why did you to decide to delve into school administration?
I discovered, after bagging several certificates, that teaching is something I was born to do. It comes naturally. I love it when I am around kids and teaching them. I am hoping that someday God will establish me because when you water another man’s garden then surely yours will be watered. I have taken this as a platform to better equip myself for future purposes as I know I will definitely own a school.
Would you say the parents who enroll their children here are getting their money’s worth?
Yes, because we do not just teach academics but morals too. You will also see our kids frown on children using foul words. When they hear other children say some foul words like “shut-up” or “idiot”, they get astonished because it sounds very strange from what they are taught here. Parents here are grateful, because, coming from other schools they have seen changes since bringing their kids here. Their children automatically get better. If our focus was only on academics, them I don’t think the parents will want to enroll their kids here when there are more established schools which have been in existence. But they see the difference character-wise and that attracts parents. At the end of the day they spread the gospel of ‘Ro-mount School’.
Mrs. Ifeoma – Parent
Today’s event has been going well. My son is graduating from Primary 6 and I have been so impressed with the discipline the school has been able to impart in him. When I came here to enroll my son, I handed him over to the head teacher and since then he has improved so much, especially in mathematics and that makes me proud.
Praise Ndunaka – Student
I am in Primary 5 of this great citadel of success. I have been here for one and a half years. I can say for sure that this school is the best. Their diction classes are one of the best and they do everything just right. Although, sometimes, some children do not want to listen to instructions, but the teachers find a way to get them to listen.